Brunel's temple Meads terminus: the wrong building in the wrong place?

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Date: 22 September 2016
Venue: M Shed, Bristol
Time: 18:00 - 19:30


Today Brunel's original terminus is widely regarded as a magnificent example of early railway architecture. But soon after its completion in 1841 people began to complain about how far it was from the town centre and the wealthier suburbs, and within twenty years there were calls for a new station better designed to serve the three main railway companies operating in Bristol. This presentation looks at the alternatives to the Temple Meads site and the implications of building a permanent terminus there at a time when the future potential of railways was still unclear.

Peter Malpass is Professor emeritus at UWE, Bristol, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Regional History Centre.

Cost: Free
Contact: Steve Poole
E-mail: steve.poole@uwe.ac.uk

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