First name(s)
Henry James
Position(s) held at King's College London Ref: *3
  • Professor of Land Surveying and Levelling; 1839-1880 
  • Emeritus Professor of Land Surveying and Levelling; 1880 -1891.
  • Hon. President of the King's College Engineering Society.

Education & professional details

School, college and/or university attended Ref: *2

Dr. Firminger's School, Edmonton; St. Mary's Hall, Oxford.


Associate of the Institute of Civil Engineers (A.I.C.E.) 1847; Fellow of the Surveyor's Institution (F.S.I.) 1874

Position(s) held (non King's College London) Refs: *4 *5
  • Employed as a clerk in the Surveyor General's Office, Canada;
  • Surveyor, City of Toronto, Canada;
  • Resident Engineer, Tamworth Section, London and North Western Railway;
  • Merchant Head of his firm Castle and Son 
Professional activities

Held a commission in the Dominion Militia, Canada (1835); Prof. Castle was a leading authority of the rating of public bodies, particularly of Railway Companies.


Engineering Field Notes on Parish and Railway Surveying and Levelling, published by Simpkin, Marshall & co. 1847.

Personal details

Date of birth
29th August 1809
Place of birth
City of London
Date of death Ref: *1
27th November 1891
Place of death Ref: *1
Brighton, Sussex
Obituary Ref: *6

1892 Institution of Civil Engineer: Obituaries; The Engineer 12th April 1891

Family details

Son of William and Ann Castle; married Sophia Matilda Bagley (1816 -) on 02 March 1835: sons William Henry Baldwin Castle (b1834), George Arthur Castle (b1840), Henry James Castle (1845 - 1903), Sydney Charles Castle (b1849, c1853); daughters Emily Castle (b1844), Florence Castle (b1848), Rosa Castle (b1852 c1853)

Notes Refs: *7 *8

Henry Castle salary for six months as a clerk in 1838 in Canada was 85; He returned to Britain from Canada owing to his wife's poor health. He lived at 30, Queen's Sq, Bloomsbury in 1843; 21, Upper Penton St., Clerkenwell. London in 1851; 21 Euston Square in 1863; 5 Chancery Lane, London W.C. in 1877; His wife, Mrs. S.M Castle, wrote to the Kings College on 12th December 1887 explaining that her husband had fallen from the steps of a bus and may have broken a rib. Professor Castle resigned from Kings College in May 1880 at the age of 70 and having been teaching at the College for 40 years.

In 1881 living at 18, Oriental Place, Brighton.

* References

  1. The Morning Post 2nd December1891 page 1
  2. Obituary Surveyor's Institution 1892
  3. Kings College Calendar (1891)
  4. Journal of the House of Assembly of Upper Canada (Abstract of Warrants)
  5. 1881 Census
  6. www.gracesguide.co.uk
  7. The Post Office London Directory 1843
  8. King's College London Correspondence KA/IC/C89 (1877); King's College London Correspondence KA/IC/C94 (1880)
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