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The Huskisson Memorial

 

The memorial to William Huskisson who was killed on 15th September 1830, the opening day of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, by the locomotive Rocket. The memorial stands in the St James's Mount cemetery and is seen here from the top of the tower of Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.

 

The Huskisson Memorial

 

The memorial to William Huskisson who was killed on 15th September 1830, the opening day of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, by the locomotive Rocket. The memorial stands in the St James's Mount cemetery and is seen here from the top of the tower of Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.

 

comments (4)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Nov 2010, 06:59
Well taken sir! I didn't know this monument existed...
Les Auld: Hidden down in the old quarry cemetery Chris, thanks for the comment.
It was a sad irony that one of the early champions of railways was probably the first accident victim!
Les Auld: Ironic indeed Bill, thanks for the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Nov 2010, 08:05
As always I wondered what happened back then. I found this eye witness account: "Huskisson was feeble in his legs, and appears to have lost his head, as he did his life. Calcraft tells me that Huskisson's long confinement in St George's Chapel at the king's funeral brought on a complaint that Taylor is so afraid of, and that made some severe surgical operation necessary, the effect of which had been, according to what he told Calcraft, to paralyse, as it were one leg and thigh. This, no doubt, must have increased, if it did not create, his danger and [caused him to] lose his life. He had written to say his health would not let him come, and his arrival was unexpected. Calcraft saw the meeting between him and the Duke, and saw them shake hands a very short time before Huskisson's death".

I also saw it said to be the first railroad fatality.
Les Auld: Indeed so Louis, one unlucky gentleman. Thanks for the comment.
Like Chris I didn't know there is a memorial to this very unlucky gentleman.
Les Auld: And he is down there under the rotunda Brian, thanks for the comment.

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