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    William Huskisson was killed on the opening day of the Liverpool to Manchester Railway. He was run over by The Rocket (1830) He was....


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    William Huskisson, MP for Liverpool, was

    the first man killed by a steam locomotive, at the opening of the Liverpool-Manchester Railway at Chat Moss near Manchester on 15 September 1830. Author

    William Garfield in The Last Journey of William

    Hutchinson
    chronicles Mr Huskisson's chronic accident proneness which afflicted him his whole life down to the famous accident in which he was mortally

    injured.

    The topic of William Huskisson's statues is another odd episode as well. After his death, he was interred with suitable pomp in a

    classical mausoleum in St. James's Cemetery, in what had been an old sandstone quarry next

    to and east of the Anglican Cathedral. This is the same cemetery where, in his Liverpool Oratorio, Paul McCartney speaks about "sagging off" from

    school and smoking ciggies on the flat tabletop tombstones when he was attending nearby Liverpool Institute.

    Inside the mausoleum, as originally

    intended when Huskisson was buried there in 1830, was mounted a marble standing statue of the MP wearing a Roman toga.

    In the seventies, the

    Corporation cleared out many of the gravestones and made it a park, and Huskisson's statue was removed, the empty-of-statue mausoleum though being left.

    From the link to a Liverpool Museums page on the

    Huskisson statue, it appears that the statue was

    removed in 1968 after being vandalized. The original statue is in safekeeping, apparently, under the care of Liverpool museums. There were though two marble

    statues made and a bronze one.

    I remember the bronze statue in Princes Drive near the Princes Drive Synagogue. It was removed in 1982 after vandals

    attacked it because people thought he was a slave trader. That bronze statue is now in a new housing development off Duke Street in the city

    center.

    Last time I was in what had been St. James's cemetery somebody had spray painted their name inside the old mausoleum and you can see from the

    main photo in the link above the glass skylights in the roof are broken.

    The disposition and preservation of the statue and the replicas is another

    topic in itself, and if you go to the Liverpool museums site you can learn what is being done to preserve it/them. It looks to me as if there are two copies

    of the statue in Liverpool (or is it two marble and one bronze?) and another in London in Pimlico Gardens, London. The story of the man's statues appears as

    bizarre and subject to the whims of fate as the man himself was!!!!

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    Good info there

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    There's a marble tablet at the spot where the accident occured near Newton le Willows, although anyone going to take a look would be dicing with death themselves.

    http://www.carlscam.com/people/huskisson.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteH View Post
    There's a marble tablet at the spot where the accident occured near Newton le Willows, although anyone going to take a look would be dicing with death themselves.

    http://www.carlscam.com/people/huskisson.htm
    Thanks for this, SteH. I will take your advice and not seek out a look at the plaque in person. That also has to be one of the longest and most labourious sentences I have ever read, filled as it is with the somewhat overblown sentiments of the day!

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    The actual cause of the accident isn't actually well known. People think that he tripped on the line and fell over and couldn't get up in time.

    The actual event occured when he had to get out of the way of a train quickly, ran and jumped up on a train carriage door which swung out, bounced off the coachwork and then threw him off on to the floor.

    Don't forget sLemon says that the Cemetary is haunted by Huskinsson!

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