Francis William Rummens
1811 – 1893
Relationship with the Hatfield and St Albans Railway Company:
- Submitted tenders of £52,000 for a double line and £47,000 for a single line, to the Board meeting of 22nd April 1863. A further tender was requested, as per the Parliamentary plans.
- Submitted a tender for an additional £18,730, for extra works, to the Board meeting of 6th May 1863. The company engineer gave an estimate £3,041 lower. The GNR engineer gave a provisional estimate of £51,144. When asked if he could re-tender, he said he could, if proper working plans were given.
- Re-tendered for £60,000, including 6 months’ maintenance, if paid in cash, or £68,400 if paid 2/3 in cash and 1/3 in shares, to the Board meeting of 15th May 1863. The GNR’s estimate was £57,176. FR explained the difference, and the Board agreed the tender, pending financial arrangements.
- The Board meeting of 17th June 1863 accepted the tender of £68,400, and the solicitor is to draw up the contract.
- The construction contract was sealed on 17th July 1863
- Elected to the Board at the meeting of 26th October 1882.
- His first Board meeting was that of 14th December 1882.
- Attended the last Board meeting, on Thursday 28th February 1884.
- Born on 4th August 1811 at Islington, Middlesex, of William & Rachel Rummens.
- Baptised at St Pancras Old Church on 9th October 1811.
- Married Caroline Hillary on 9th June 1838 in Pancras Parish Chapel, Camden, London.
- Died on 18th July 1893.
- Probate granted to his widow Caroline, and others, on 15th August 1893: effects £43,081.9.3.
- (Wife died in 1895: buried in same grave: Probate effects £112 1s.)
- Among his Directorships were:
- The Caldbeck Fells (Consolidated) Lead and Copper Mining Company (Limited) (c1865).
- The Parkgate Iron Company, Limited, Rotherham (c1874).
- The Aylesbury and Buckingham Railway Company (c1876).
- The Aylesbury and Buckingham Railway Company (c1875) (Chairman, c1877).
- The Hatfield and St Albans Railway (1882-4).
- 5 Queen’s Square, Westminster, S.W.
- 40 Mecklenburgh Square, St Pancras, Middlesex.
- West End Lane, Pinner, Middlesex.
- The Grove, Pinner, Middlesex.
- 54 Warrington Crescent, Maida Vale, Middlesex.
He, his wife, 1 daughter, 1 son and 1 servant are at Bath Street, Great Crosby, Lancashire, in the 1851 census: Proprietor of Houses. He, his wife, 1 daughter, 2 sons, 3 grand-children and 4 servants are at 40 Mecklenburgh Square, St Pancras, Middlesex, in the 1861 census: Line Manufacturer employing 6 Women, 6 Men, 2 Boys. He, his wife, 1 daughter, 2 sons, 3 grand-children and 4 servants are at West End Lane, Pinner, Middlesex, in the 1871 census: Contractor (Land Owner). He, his wife, 2 daughters and 4 servants are at The Grove, Pinner, Middlesex, in the 1881 census: Income from Land. He, his wife, 1 daughter and 2 servants are at 54 Warrington Crescent, Paddington, in the 1891 census: retired Contractor.
Information gathered from:
- The Hatfield & St Albans Railway Company Minute Book.
- Census returns.
- Wills Index.
- The Times Digital Archive.
- Parish Registers.