Brunel

Brunel
28th September 2015 Oz Osmaston

maybe the ligature on Hillside Cottage’s tt was inspired by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and I was flattered when Chipp suggested it,

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but actually I was in a quandary, and waiting patiently for my eye to see which way to go. It’s taken a week, and several more letters, and moving the stone down to start carving the H and then I could see what to do.

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Meanwhile, I discovered that the Rotherhithe Tunnel was NOT built by I.K. Brunel’s father Marc Isambard Brunel – they, father and son, built the Thames Tunnel, once an underwater shopping arcade, now used by the Overground.

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Those nightmare sharp bends in the Rotherhithe Tunnel are because it was intended for pedestrian and horse-drawn traffic. The bends stopped the horses from seeing the light at the end of the tunnel too soon and bolting for home. Certainly I felt like bolting for home the first time I drove it. However, if  you can hold your nerve and get used to it, it’s a useful way to get home to Hackney.

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