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Isambard Kingdom Brunel

 
 
Isambard Kingdom Brunel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 30, 2018
1. Isambard Kingdom Brunel Marker
Inscription.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born in nearby Britain Street, Portsea, Portsmouth on 9 April 1806. His father, Marc, a French Refugee, and English mother Sophia, were living in Portsmouth while Marc supervised the installation of his machines for making shipsí blocks in the Dockyard. These were the first all metal machine tools in the world. The Block Mills building, containing much of Brunelís machinery, still exists in Portsmouth Dockyard.

Injured on his fatherís troubled Thames Tunnel, he convalesced in Bristol where he won a competition to design the Clifton Suspension Bridge. In 1833 he was appointed engineer to the great Western Railway, linking London to Bristol. His achievements include three steamships of revolutionary design — the Great Western, the Great Britain and the Great Eastern — 25 railway lines, 8 piers and docks, The Royal Albert Bridge across the River Tamar and over 100 other bridges and a pre-fabricated hospital for use in the Crimean War. Brunelís death in 1859 was brought on by over work.
 
Location. 50° 47.789′ N, 1° 6.221′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, England, in Hampshire County. Marker is at the intersection of England Route B2154 and St Georges Square, on the right when traveling
Isambard Kingdom Brunel and King John's Dock Markers image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 30, 2018
2. Isambard Kingdom Brunel and King John's Dock Markers
north on State Route B2154. Touch for map. Located in St Georges Square. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth, England PO1 3BD, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Isambard Kingdom Brunel (here, next to this marker); King Johnís Dock (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Isambard Kingdom Brunel (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); GPO K6 Telephone Box (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); HMS Sirius (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Old Customs House (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); HMS Vernon Figurehead (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Hertha Ayrton (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Also see . . .  Isambard Kingdom Brunel on Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 10, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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