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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
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
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!!!!
Last edited by ChrisGeorge; 11-06-2006 at 01:56 PM.
Good info there
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.
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