,
Random
South Harrow

St Augustine

Rag doll

Teddington footbridge

Royal Oak

St Nicholas's (part two)

Plum and almond tartlets

Richmond

Westbourne Park

Scones

Jack the Ripper walk (part two)

St Katharine Cree

Euston

Kilburn Park

Violence and War

News from our friends
Into the future
Elizabeth II HAS REIGNED in a world moving swiftly through political shifts, cultural change and technological advances. Traditional institutions of law, religion and politics have suffered loss of ...
Elizabeth II (1952 - )
Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born at 17 Bruton Street, London on 21 April 1926. A happy childhood was spent with her parents, the Duke and Duchess of York, and younger sister Margaret Rose. ...
Edward VIII and George VI (1936 - 1952)
Edward VIII (1936) Edward, Prince of Wales, eldest son of George V and Queen Mary, was known to the family as 'David'. Charming and informal, he was a popular prince, touring Britain and the empire, ...
George V (1910 - 1936)
Edward vii's eldest son Albert died at the age of 28, and so it was his second son, George, who followed him as king. George had learned the navy's traditions of duty and. Blue-eyed, blunt, and ...
House of Windsor
When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she left three generations of heirs. They, it was expected, would reign as monarchs of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. In fact, the name survived only 16 years. In ...
Most Popular
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Isabella BrantThis famous portrait drawing is of Rubens’ first wife, ...
Waterloo suicidesFor centuries people have been committing or attempting...
The queen of vintage - Hilary ProctorThere's only one thing more fabulous than Hilary Pr...
The Blues and RoyalsIn 1969 The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) were amalgam...
London Oratory (Brompton Road)The Congregation of the Oratory was founded in Rome by ...
London bridge (part twelve)After the opening in 1836 of London Bridge station, the...
Clocks and watches - Martyn Stamp"1970s watches are very popular right now, whereas...
Guy's Hospital ChapelThe benefaction by which Thomas Guy founded the well-kn...
Discussed
Advertisement
Isambard Kingdom Brunei (1806-59)
 (голосов: 0)
Isambard Kingdom Brunei is considered by many to be the greatest civil engineer of the nineteenth century. His father, Marc Isambard Brunei, was also an important engineer, but the son's career eclipsed that of his father. Born in Portsmouth, Isambard was educated in London and Hove, and then sent to France to study with a leading clockmaker, returning at the age of sixteen to finish his apprenticeship with his father. At this time his father was working on the construction of the first tunnel under the Thames, from Wapping to Rotherhithe, and Isambard became chief assistant engineer on the project. The tunnelling was highly dangerous and the Thames often broke through into the work, with much loss of life. Isambard was nearly killed during one such incident and took no further part in the project.

He spent part of his convalescence at Clifton in Bristol and became involved in the scheme to build a bridge across the Avon Gorge. At the second attempt Iris design was accepted, but he was never to see it built. Only the two towers had gone up before the money ran out, and no more work was carried out on it during his lifetime. It was built posthumously as his memorial and is probably his best-known work.


Isambard Kingdom Brunei (1806-59)

Marochetti's statue of Isambard Kingdom Brunei stands in Temple Place, only a short distance from what is left of his bridge.



Through contacts made in Bristol, he carried out work in the city's docks, and this led to him being appointed engineer to the new Great Western Railway, which planned to build a line from London to Bristol. This was to be the greatest undertaking of his life, and for the next fifteen years he was the driving force of the operation, surveying the route, building viaducts and bridges as well as the Box Tunnel and Paddmgton station.

Brunei also designed three of the largest ships of his day. The Great Western, a wooden-hulled paddle steamer, was built to operate from Bristol to New York. When it proved a success, he built an even bigger vessel, the Great Britain, which was the first large iron ship - it was so large that they had to dismantle part of the lock for it to leave the dock. (After a long career, its rusty hull was returned to Bristol in 1970, where, after lengthy restoration, it is now a popular tourist attraction.) His largest ship, the Great Eastern, was built on the Isle of Dogs in London, where remnants of the slipway can still be seen. It was even more ambitious than the previous two, with two sets of engines, driving both paddles and screws. Its construction was fraught with difficulties, and two attempts had to be made to launch it into the Thames in 1858. It was never a commercial success but survived until 1888.
Somehow, with all these major schemes, he still found time for smaller ventures such as the elegant Hungerford Suspension Bridge in London. It is appropriate that, when it was demolished to make way for a railway bridge, the chains were used to complete his Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Brunei died at his home in London and was buried in the family vault in Kensal Green cemetery. The gravestone itself is surprisingly modest, but he is also commemorated by a statue on the Embankment, not far from the Hungerford Bridge. His youngest son, Henry Marc, was also an engineer and worked with Sir John Wolfe-Barry on Tower Bridge and the present Blackfriars Railway Bridge.


Информация
Посетители, находящиеся в группе Гости, не могут оставлять комментарии к данной публикации.