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ABOUT BRUNEL:
The East London Line received a huge boost from Government funding and there was relief that Brunel's Wapping Underground Station had been saved from the threat of permanent closure, despite economic pressures money was found to extend and modernise this line and its stations.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was recently acclaimed Britain's greatest engineer ever, the son of a French immigrant Marc Brunel, also an engineer of some repute, was voted second to Sir Winston Churchill on TV as the Nation's choice of 'Greatest Briton', and rightly so:

IK Brunel was born in Portsmouth in 1806, at 21, while helping his father construct the first underwater Thames Tunnel from Rotherhithe to Wapping, he was almost drowned when it suddenly caved in, had young Isambard been lost then, modern history might have been very different, because his engineering achievements changed our World completely, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's short but active life was amazing by any standards.

WHY ACCLAIMATION?:
Isambard Kingdom not only helped his father to construct the first Thames tunnel, but went on to create the World's first wide gauged railway line: the 'Great Western railway', an amazing suspension bridge over the River Avon at Bristol; and three of the biggest ships ever built, his last one then being the largest iron ship ever seen the 'Great Eastern'', took it's toll on him while trying to launch her from the Isle of Dogs in 1858, he bacame seriously ill and died several months later at home in Westminster, aged just 53. Brunel's remarkable engineering achievements remain unsurpassed to this day and have endured through time to be used by millions.





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Engineering Timelines
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OUR PLANS
The LEA HERITAGE community group have launched "THE BRUNEL EXPERIENCE", a concept to honour the great man on his 200th birthday anniversary in 2006.

THE OBJECTIVE
Our main objective is to establish a Brunel visitor Centre close to Wapping Station giving visitors an opportunity to fully appreciate Brunel's remarkable first Thames Tunnel.

WAPPING'S BRUNEL VISITOR CENTRE would be the launching point for the tour, it could be a cafe, coffee bar, or general meeting place containing Brunel features, souvenirs, educational literature, railart, etc.

THE BRUNEL TRAIL IDEA
The trail would take vistors on a slow journey through Wapping Station and its floodlit Brunel Tunnel to Rotherhithe where thay would alight to visit the famous Brunel Museum and Engine House on the South side of the Thames, Investment must be found to extend the Jetty there.

The tour would then continue on to Greenwich and a recently restored Cutty Sark, using 'City Cruises' The journey would then continue on the Docklands Light Railway crossing the River to the Isle of Dogs and visiting Millwall's old shipyard where Isambard Kingdom built his famous iron ship The Great Eastern

From there the trail will take us on to Virginia Quay near Leamouth, where the First Settlers Monument is located. Visitors will then continue on to the Museum in Docklands', retuning West via the DLR through Limehouse and alighting at Shadwell,

A short walk away is 'St Georges' old Town Hall building where they can see the famous Cable Street mural, they then cross the Highway to visit St Annes Church, which is known as the sea Captains Church, it is where Thomas Jefferson's Mother worshipped.

A short stroll down some steps takes visitors through 'King Edward V11 Memorial Park' uniquely dedicated by the King for the 'enjoyment of the people of East London forever'. then leaving the Park, its on to the most famous Pub of all nearby for refreshment , the notorious 'Prospect of Whitby' . The trail finally returns to the Tower of London, its starting point.

The Brunel Trail will not only be educational, but will help to boost the local economy along both sides of the Thames, it will provide a new focus of interest in the region's local history from Tower Bridge to the Greenwich Dome

INSPIRING THE YOUNG:
The Brunel trail would inspire the young and motivate the elderly but will need the support of local City Businesses including The Tower-Bridge Exhibition to have any real chance of success.

HELP MAKE IT A REALITY:
Your involvement can help to make 'The Brunel Experience' a reality, helping in the regeneration of a deprived part of London since the Docks closure. We appeal to any individual or group wishing to help in any way, to get involved and contact us promptly by either clicking this link:
SUPPORT THE BRUNEL TRAIL HERE or signing into our GUESTBOOK

BREAKING NEWS

FOR THE URGENT ATTENTION OF ALL SCHOOLS:
2006 was IK Brunel's 200th Birthday anniversary year, it has encouraged exciting educational opportunities for Schools and young people of all ages, we therefore appeal to Teachers not to miss this opportunity to add 'environment and engineering' projects to their curriculum this year for all age groups and classes.

Throughout 2006 award certificates and prizes inscribed with the official 'Brunel200'logo were offered to those children considered to have achieved the best results during the Anniversary year.

Rotherhithe Museum, the Museum in Docklands and the Museum of London are keen to welcome visiting groups from Schools, so please Teachers, arrange to visit them, there is also an excellent educational on-line BBC website for 5-7 year olds.

Tower hamlets Arts and Culture can book The City of Bristol's famous Brass Band to play in this part of London if required.

BRISTOLS AMBITIOUS BRUNEL PLANS GET HUGE LOTTERY BOOST:
In 2006 The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Bristol almost 1,000,000 to celebrate Isambard Kingdom Brunel's 200th Birthday Anniversary year, brunel200.com provided the lead for a series of national celebrations across the country, including associated London sites.

Brunel University West London, events co-ordinator praised our work in preparing for a year of events and prize awards.

Rotherhithe Brunel Engine House and the Museum in Docklands praise our efforts in helping young people to learn more about local History, and look forward to welcoming more School visits this year .

One of London's leading Architects was at work in Wapping and discussed his Brunel concept with theTFL

The GLA has begun investing money in renovating the East London Line and has further plans for Brunel's Wapping Station, supported by the local Community who wish to see a Brunel Visitor Centre incorporated into Wapping Station as part of their overall plan.

Ian Sharpe made an exciting discovery at the old Railway buiding opposite Wapping Station in 2006 where IK Brunel had worked while constructing the first Thames underwater tunnel, two sliding doors on pulley wheels were revealed, designed by the Master himself, IK Brunel.

"City cruises" offered their firm support for our project wishing it every success

LDA Leading Member John Biggs offered his strong support for our project.

TFL' and the East London line have taken account of our proposals


Councillor Mary Mills of Greenwich offered her support.




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