A VICTORIAN businessman who helped to bring gas and water to a developing world has been honoured in his home town of St Neots. Although George Bower was eventually declared bankrupt, during his lifetime he was seen as an entrepreneur, exporting products around the globe. He lived in The Shrubbery, Church Street, for more than 50 years and his former home now has a plaque dedicated to his memory. The St Neots Local History Society unveiled the plaque yesterday (Tuesday), not only to commemorate Mr Bower, but also to mark the society's 25th anniversary. Historian Linda Reed, who has researched his life, was present at the event, along with Mr Bower's great-granddaughter, Biddy Cole.