Reference Number:
GB 3075 RPE
Diary of Robert Peel Mears
(1910) 2012
1 cd
Creator Name 1:
Reid | Stephen
Creator Name 2:
Mears | Robert Peel
Biog/Admin History:
Robert Peel Mears was the great nephew of Sir Robert Peel, Prime Minister and was educated at Westminster and Trinity College, Cambridge. He worked as a Civil Engineer for many years in India, specializing in bridge building, returning to England in 1932. From thereon he held a position at Rendel, Palmer and Tritton, taking a prominent role in the bridge built across the Neath estuary in Wales.

He was an active member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and read several papers which were well received. He initially retired in 1954, but soon started working again; eventually retiring properly in 1959.

Mears joined the Fell and Rock Climbing Club (FRCC) as a Life Member in 1943, being a keen member of the London Section. He also led numerous walks and organized visits to Harrison Rocks. He is known within the climbing community for the extensive work he did on climbing ropes and his research in respect of this was published in the FRCC Journal in 1948 and 1950. He was a frequent visitor to the Lake District, as is illustrated by his diary from 1910 and he and his wife were enthusiastic and energetic hikers. He was also a member of the Alpine Club, serving on its committee. He died on 25th November 1961 aged 77.
Archival History:
The diary was digitised by S Reid
Acquisition Source:
Donated by S Reid
Accession Number:
Scope and Content:
Digital copy of climbing diary (1910) including letter to owner and notes about diary and persons featured in it.
Access Conditions:
This collection is open for consultation. Readers are advised to contact the Mountain Heritage Trust in advance of their visit in order to make an appointment.
Ext and Loc of Originals:
With family member
Description compiled by Maxine Willett, Archivist,
Access Points:
Fell and Rock Climbing Club
Lake District
Mears, Robert Peel (c.1884-1961)
Rock climbing
2012-07-30 00:00:00
M Willett