colombo street names book

Colombo Jumbo sets about finding the origins of all Colombo's street names, old and new. In so doing, it weaves a fascinating patchwork history of the Island.

Here, you can read extracts from the book, watch out for updates and see more pictures.

The book is by Geoff Ells is now out-of-print, but is still available direct from the author at geoffells@hotmail.co.uk


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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Does Tickell tickle your fancy?

TICKELL ROAD    Borella   C8

Richard Eustace Tickell was an engineer who started his career by working on the Stockton and Middlesborough Waterworks in 1897. Soon after he started work on a water supply project in Birmingham. His major project, though, was the Pen-Y-Garreg dam in the Elan Valley in Wales. 600ft long and 140ft high it was the highest dam in Europe at the time.

In 1902 he joined Colombo Municipal Council as Chief Resident Engineer and started work on the Rs. 2.6m Colombo Drainage Works, a scheme to channel drainage heading for the harbour into a sewer system terminating at the Kelani Ganga with a series of septic tanks. Before this there was no drainage system in Colombo and waste water carried in open drains was emptied straight into the harbour.
He calculated that the project would save 1,800 lives  and more than 1,800,000 rupees (then worth ₤1.2m) a year. Here an excerpt from a paper he presented to the Engineering Association of Ceylon in 1923.

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