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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

16th August 1966 Born today: Rosey Edeh, London England, Canadian 400m hurdler (Olympics-4-92, 96)

16th August 1944 Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London

16th August 1939 Born today: Carol Shelley, London, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple)

16th August 1934 Born today: John Standing, London England, actor (Edward-Lime Street)

16th August 1924 Conference about German recovery payments opens in London

16th August 1885 Born today: Charles Carson, London England, actor (Cry the Beloved Country)

Brunel's Grave



Brunel's Grave

Isambard Kingdom Brunel's final resting place in London.

Location: Kensal Green Cemetary, Kensal Green

Description: This is the family grave of king of the engineers Sir Marc Isambard Brunel (1806-1859). He began his remarkable career as a designer and builder of bridges, and subsequently becoming chief engineer of the Great Western Railway, for which he constructed a series of innovative bridges, tunnels and viaducts.

His three masterpieces are however his steamships; the 'Great Western' (1838) the first steamship on regular Atlantic service, which made the crossing in 15 days; the 'Great Britain', the first propellor screw vessel; and the 'Great Eastern' (1858), largest of all but never a commercial success.

Its construction and launch were marked by a many problems (including fatalities) and the resulting stress caused a stroke from which Brunel eventually died (as had his father over the stress of the Thames Tunnel).

In early 2011 it was announced that the cemetary may be disturbed by a new high speed rail line being planned between London and Birmingham, and many listed Brunel as one of those who would 'turn in his grave'.


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Brunel's Grave

Isambard Kingdom Brunel's final resting place in London.


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Brunel's Tree...Alive & KickingBrunel's Tree...Alive & Kicking
Living link with this extraordinary family, still thriving.
2006-07-13

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