Richard, a member of the Thomas Brassey Society comes to deliver a talk about one of the most influential figures in Victorian engineering. Thomas Brassey born at Buerton, Chester in 1805 was the eldest son of John & Elizabeth Brassey, attended the Kings School in Chester, and was later apprenticed to a land surveyor. By 1847, Thomas had built about one third of the railways in Britain, and by the time of his death it’s estimated that he had built one in every twenty miles of railway in the world. He built the structures associated with these railways, including, docks, bridges, viaducts, stations, tunnels and drainage works. The Society aims to erect a Bronze statue of Thomas Brassey at Chester Station.
Tony Bostock is the author of a number of books on aspects of Cheshire History, and is also a renowned speaker. His lecture on The Norman Earls is relevant to us in Christleton, as our Baron, Robert Fitz Hugh of Malpas, was an important figure in the story. The Earls had many estates, from Cheshire & North Wales to the Midlands, the East Coast and in their ancestral home in Normandy