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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

20th June 1919 Born today: Bruce Gordon, London England, actor (Frank Nitti-Untouchables)

20th June 1837 Queen Victoria receives the news from the Archbishop of Canterbury that her uncle William IV had died and she was now queen.

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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