Three generations of one of England’s finest engineering families and their achievements. The father, Marc Brunel (son of a Normandy farmer), who provided the boots for Wellington’s Army and the ship’s blocks for Nelson’s Navy, and who built the first tunnel under the Thames.
The son, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who built the Great Western Railway, and the three largest ships in the world at the time, the Great Western, The Great Britain and the Great Eastern.
The grandson, Henry Brunel, another great engineer, but less well-known today, who helped design Tower Bridge and other structures, as well as another ship.Views: 44 | Enquiries: 1
I started work in 1961 as a Westland Helicopters engineering apprentice spending 25 years with the company before moving on to manage a number of other aviation and defence companies. Following retirement in 2008 we moved back to the West Country but in 2014 moved again to Saltdean, just outside Brighton. I have worked for the Prince’s Trust, been Chair of Governors at a local Academy, and sat on numerous committees. Currently I am Secretary of the Brighton and District Probus Club, Treasurer of the 5 Deans U3A, and a member of the Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions. My other interests include genealogy and presenting talks on ‘fascinating historical characters’ which over the years I have given to a variety of organisations including Probus, the WI and U3A. All my talks are fully illustrated using powerpoint slides.
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