1842 Sir Isambart Marc Brunel The Thames River Tunnel Engineer Commemorative Medal
Commemorative medal, celebrating the opening of the Thames Tunnel. Brunel (1769-1849) and his son, Isambart Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), constructed the first Thames tunnel designed for foot passengers. Construction began in 1825 and was a long and hazardous operation. The river broke through on several occasions, flooding the workings and causing loss of life. Work was suspended for long periods, giving rise to the pejorative nickname 'the great bore'. Eventually the work was completed in 1842 and its opening in 1843 was marked with considerable ceremonial including a banquet held in the tunnel itself, under the river Thames.
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