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Sir James Lemon – he totally rebuilt the town’s sewage system and arranged a waterpipe to bring fresh water from the reservoir on The Common to replace local wells

Sir James Lemon, a Borough Engineer – he rebuilt the town’s totally inadequate sewage system and arranged the building of a new waterpipe to bring fresh water from the reservoir on The Common to replace local wells.
On this day in 1923 Sir James Lemon died. He came to Southampton to take up the post of borough engineer. In the teeth of opposition, he rebuilt the town’s totally inadequate sewage system which had contributed to outbreaks of cholera. He also arranged for the building of a new waterpipe to bring fresh water from the reservoir on the Common to replace local wells. He was elected to the borough council and served as mayor for two years. His family home was at 11, the Avenue. Unfortunately the original house has been replaced by offices.