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  • 22 April 2015

    William Lindley was an English engineer who designed the water and sewage systems for over 30 cities across Europe, including the Warsaw waterworks.


    Lindley and his designs were in high demand across Europe, known for their innovation and high attention to detail. Between 1876 and 1878 he designed the Warsaw waterworks, constructed between 1881 and 1889 under the direction of his son, William Heerlein Lindley. The waterworks were completed on 3rd July 1886. Today ‘Lindley’s Filters’ and the depot are registered  historical monuments. Interestingly, the system designed by Lindley is still in operation in Warsaw to this day.


    Professor Ryszard Żelichowski is a historian of the Lindley family, who persuaded English Heritage to commemorate both men for their outstanding achievements with a Blue Plaque in Blackheath.


    The Blue Plaque commemoration took place on 22 April 2015 at 74 Shooters Hill Road, London SE3 7BG. The unveiling was followed by four guest speakers: Howard Spencer, English Heritage historian; Professor Ryszard Żelichowski, chair of the Lindley Society; Mike Chrimes director of engineering policy and innovation at ICE; and Dr Ortwin Pelc from the Hamburg Museum. The Plaque was unveiled by William the Fifth (Bill) Lindley and Alex Egerton.


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