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The Huskisson Memorial

 

Liverpool has many firsts, the first enclosed dock system in 1715, the first electric overhead railway, the world's first cast iron church. One of the most strange though must be the world's first passenger train fatality, the Right Honourable William Huskission MP. He was attending the opening of the Liverpool to Manchester railway and was travelling with the Duke of Wellington when the train stopped. as he was getting down from the train he was hit by the locomotive Rocket, being driven by George Stephenson. He died shortly later just down the line in Eccles.

He was buried in some state in St. James Cemetery in Liverpool in 1830 just after it had opened. A memorial was errected over his grave and it is still there today, overlooked on one side by the athedral and the other by the stately homes of Gambia Terrace.

The Huskisson Memorial

 

Liverpool has many firsts, the first enclosed dock system in 1715, the first electric overhead railway, the world's first cast iron church. One of the most strange though must be the world's first passenger train fatality, the Right Honourable William Huskission MP. He was attending the opening of the Liverpool to Manchester railway and was travelling with the Duke of Wellington when the train stopped. as he was getting down from the train he was hit by the locomotive Rocket, being driven by George Stephenson. He died shortly later just down the line in Eccles.

He was buried in some state in St. James Cemetery in Liverpool in 1830 just after it had opened. A memorial was errected over his grave and it is still there today, overlooked on one side by the athedral and the other by the stately homes of Gambia Terrace.

comments (8)

That is a very sweet shot. I love the processing.
Les Auld: Thanks Michael, a touch of Photoshop to give it a blueish tone. Glad you like it.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 16 Dec 2007, 01:54
Now that's a story, Les, and this is a fine tribute in honor of that First! Fabulous processing, indeed!
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, just one of the many stories that surround the one time residents of St. James Cemetery.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 16 Dec 2007, 06:54
So nice to get the history with this terrific shot, nice processing.
Les Auld: Can;t beat a bit of history Aussie. Thanks for the comment.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 16 Dec 2007, 09:23
This looks like an old photograph from an historical archive. Excellent treatment to match the telling of history.
Les Auld: That's more or less the effect I was aiming for, thanks for the comment Kathryn.
This great shot matches perfectly with your history words Les
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, appreciate the comment.
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich...the cold snap continues
  • 16 Dec 2007, 19:14
Love the treatment Les. Is this lightroom?
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, no it was done in Photoshop CS3, I was just trying out the new B&W adjustment layer, quite pleased with it myself.
super processing Les,picture post card stuffsmile
Les Auld: Thanks Tim, I was aiming for an old picture feel to it.
  • Ellie
  • 16 Dec 2007, 23:52
Super picture Les, I like your choice of mono.

It's a bizarre accident, and a sad 'first' too, pity he wasn't the last as well.
Les Auld: Thanks Ellie, it was cold when I was there so I felt the blue tone suited it quite well.

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