At the end of March 2009 The Warsaw Surveying Company WPG S.A. took place an important exhibition about Warsaw „Hoppe, Lindley, WPG, Warsaw Cartography 1641-2009”. The exhibition was organized by The Warsaw Surveying Company WPG in cooperation with the State Archive of City of Warsaw (APW).
Author of the exhibtion was Paweł Weszpiński, member of Board of our Societas
Lindleiana, which administers and takes care of the so called Lindley plans in
the archive. The exhibition was
dedicated to the 150 anniversary of birth of Josepha Lindley, the younest of
three Lindley brothers.
The exhibition reminded Young generation that the waterworks and sewage systems as well as modern surveying of the city is to thank family of English civil engineers, father William Lindley (1808-1900), and sons Sir William Heerlein Lindley (1853-1917), Robert Searls (1854 – 1925) and Joseph (1859-1906).
Warsaw, March – May 2009. Author of the exhibition Paweł Weszpiński (on the photo first to the right). Introduction to the catalogue Ryszard Żelichowski.
The Family on the Lindleystreet in Frankfurt on Main. From l. to r.: Hanna Żelichowska, Karin Deubner, Ma Neubauer, Ursula Caspar, Beatrice Caspar, Alexander Caspara and Eugen Deubner
Day one – 30 August (Thursday)
From that day on we followed a master plan prepared by Eugen Deubner. We visited HESSENWASSER, MAINOVA and the municipal SEF (Stadtentwässerung, FFM), which supply the water, power and sewage respectively to the population of Frankfurt. Dr. Rödel, historian and retired monument preserver, gave us some information about civil engineering in Frankfurt between 1806 and 1914, as well as interesting information about the biographies of the Lindley’s in Frankfurt. Presentation took place in Goldstein Waterworks, where William and William H. Lindleys worked on the first modern water supply system for Frankfurt.
The same day was to the combined heating and power plant, Heizkraftwerk WEST. Extensive tour was conducted by a passionate man Mr. Joachim Siebenhaar. And there was a lot of history as well. William H. Lindley built his first electric power plant in Frankfurt (1892-1896), with Oskar von Miller.
Day two – 31 August (Friday)
On all locations we were treated with great esteem and were able once more to realize how important the Lindleys were also for this city.
After the tour we went to the city and met Mr. Volker Harms-Ziegler, an historian from the City Archive, who gave us brief historical tour of Römer and Zeil.
Day three – 1 September (Saturday)
This day was organized by Ryszard Żelichowski. We went to Evangelical Reformed Church - West (Deutsch Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche) on Freiherr vom Stein Strasse No. 8, (former Church of England) founded by William Heerlein Lindley. It was very disappointing since the church is gone and replaced by a big modern religious center of Evangelical Reformed Church. However, the commemorating stone has been preserved and exposed in front of a new religious center.
Next we went to former Blittersdorffplatz 29. It was another disappointment. The historical place is gone and the square is now called François-Mitterrand-Platz (he became a honorary citizen of Frankfurt a.M. in 1986).
We gave up walking through the Neue Mainzer Strasse (to No. 51, where the Getz family used to live). There was nothing to see either. The number 51 is incorporated into huge new Frankfurter Sparkasse and the street has become mainly a brick-canyon for the mass city traffic.
Later we took tram No. 11 to Lindleystrasse, and it was rewarding. It has been built-up with many decent houses and the East Harbour (Osthafen) has been renovated and decorated with a monument dedicated to the city-mayor Franz Adickes (1890-1912), under whose authority W.H. Lindley worked until 1896.
Departures, 2 September (Sunday)
Afteer the breakfast we went to our own destinations. We have planned next family-reunion for 2014 in England.
Full report on the family-reunion you can see : E-library on this page
Die Umbenennung möchten wir am 14. November 2012 in der Zeit von 13:30 Uhr bis ca. 16:00 Uhr
in einem Festakt in der Aula mit Ihnen feiern. Als Gäste kommen Herr Senator Ties Rabe, Herr Obermeister Fritz Schellhorn (Vorsitzender der Innung Sanitär, Heizung, Klempner), Herr Dr. Ortwin Pelc (Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte) und Frau Katrin Lindley (Ururenkelin) zum Festakt.
construction of a network supplying water Lublin was to the german engineer
Adolf Weisblatt. T
The Water Tower itself was build in the period 1897-1899 at then Bernardine
Square, Freedom Square today. The official
opening took place on 1 July 1899.
tower was built in the fashionable neo-Gothic style somewhat reminiscent of the
medieval towers of defense. The
Tower was crowned with battlements, while inside there was a tank, which could
accommodate up to 150 cubic meters of water pumped by two steam pumps. The
tower was made of bricks brought from Volhynia. The
network designed by Weisblat consisted of artesian wells and drainage system.
a result of fighting at the end of the second world the water tower was completely burnt down and in
1946 the tower was dismantled. Moreover, vanished
houses, which stood in its neighborhood.
In 2003, because of changes in Freedom Square decided to mark the water tower - a place where once stood are marked dark cobbles. In 2004, the Municipal Water and Sewage Company decided to put money in a new fountain at Freedom Square. In the middle of the fountain bowl bronze monument was erected - miniature old water tower.
Photo: R. Żelichowski, April 2012
On 19 January 2012, passed away Robert Hugh Lindley Egerton (1931-2012), grandson
of Robert Lindley, age 80 (for friends and family Robin).
Robin's grandfather, Robert Searles Lindley worked in Warsaw as a deputy of his brother Heerlein William Lindley in the years 1881 to 1886. Robin, minerals geologist by profession, was born September 26, 1931. Most of his adult life he spent working in the overseas colonies of Great Britain. After his marriage with Claire Brune Priedaux he settled in Godstone, Surrey, which he inherited from his parents. Since 1989 he was retired. He died at a nearby hospital, 19January 2012 at the age of 80 years. He left his wife Claire and four children.
Funeral will take place on Thursday, 2nd February, 2 p.m., at St Nicholas Church: Church Lane, Godstone,
Surrey, RH9 8BW
He was one of the first descendants of the Lindleys in Britain, with whom I
contacted in the autumn of 1994. First we exchanged letters,
later I visted Godstone. Robin remembered perfectly the family's history and
shared with me anecdotes of the prewar period. Made available to me too many
precious family photographs. Some of them were p[rinted in the book "The Lindleys.
The family of civil-engineers." Robin and Claire twice visited Warsaw, in
2000 and 2006. The second time was associated with the Lindley family-reynion
in our city. Each time Robin visited excellent facilities built by his ancestors
in Warsaw in the 19th century he radiated with pride. Last time we have
seen each other was farewell to late Marie Lindley in 2010. He was frail, but
still full of good energy.
Today I write this short note to
give Him last farewell. We shared a thread of sympathy and Godstone house was a
magical place for me, the seat of the family. I was there always a welcome
Robin in English means also a beautiful bird - in Polish Rudzik. Today Robin is as free as a bird. Maybe part of his soul travels with each of the small Rudziks. Think of it when you see One..
Our thoughts are with his loved ones.
Richard and Hania Żelichowscy
SOCIETAS LINDLEIANA send its condolences to the EGERTON FAMILY.
Peace be upon him!
In December members and friends of Societas Lindeiana gathered for the last meeting in 2011.
It has been a good year for The Lindley Association. We have celebrated 125 years of water supply in Warsaw (actually first running water in Warsaw homes). We have also taken part in the conference on president of Warsaw Starynkiewicz, a friend and supporter of the Lindleys . Both events have been documented by publication of books. We have shared with you all the details of those remarkable achievements of our Society.
The time has come to wish you all, Dear Friends,
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND PROSPEROUES NEW YEAR 2012 !
For those of you missing the December snow we onclose nostalgic picture from the Lindley times.