Brunel at Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station. Bristol, UK
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N 51° 26.960 W 002° 34.931
30U E 529033 N 5699876
Quick Description: Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806 -1859) Statue of the great engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/30/2022 9:52:14 AM
Waymark Code: WM1642K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
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Long Description:
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Bristol Temple Meads.

Bronze almost life-size statue, placed at approach to the station entrance at Bristol Temple Meads.

From plaque/information boards placed by the statue:

"Isambard Kingdom Brunel(1806 -1859)

Statue of the great engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, which was originally
presented to Bristol by the Bristol and West Building Society, was created by
John Doubleday and first unveiled in the city on 26th May 1982.

It was then moved from its original site at Broad Quay in 2006, the bicentenary of
Brunel's birth and was most recently located outside the modern offices of
Osborne Clarke in Temple Quay.

Not only does the statue now front Brunel's iconic 1840 station building at
Bristol Temple Meads, but it is bookended by another statue of Brunel, by the
same artist, located at Paddington Station at the Eastern end of his great railway.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a Victorian engineer, whose astounding feats changed
the British landscape. Appointed engineer of the GWR in 1833, his designs for the line
from Bristol to London included many iconic structures, including the original station
building seen near to the statue here at Temple Meads.

Brunel's original station included Tudor-styled offices, a board room and a 200ft long
train shed with a magnificent composite timber & iron overall roof. Trains first began
running between Bristol and Bath in August 1840 and the terminus station was
finally closed to traffic in 1965.

Brunel's station design included many innovations such as passenger circulation routes
between the departures and arrivals sides, hydraulic lifts and five broad gauge tracks.

The building is a great survivor of the first phase of railway construction and is unique
in being preserved almost exactly as it was back in 1840."
URL of the statue: [Web Link]

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