27.03.2015
12:10

Brunel Engine House

Address:

Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, SE16 4LF

Phone:

020-7231 3840

Website:

www.brunel-museum.org.uk

Opening times:

Daily 10:00–17:00

How to get there:

Tube: Rotherhithe

Entry fee:

Admission charge

Additional information:

Partial disabled access, café and shop

This small museum, close to Rotherhithe Station, is set up in the engine house used by the great civil engineer Marc Isambard Brunel (1769–1849) and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806–59) when they were building the Thames Tunnel (1825–43), which linked Rotherhithe with Wapping. The tunnel, a monumental feat of engineering hailed in its day as the Eighth Wonder of the World, was the world’s first under-river thoroughfare. The two tubes, one intended for pedestrians, the other for road traffic, are 406m (1,506ft) long and cost £468,249 to build amid financial crises, devastating accidents (flood and fire), several fatalities and dangerous and uncomfortable working conditions. Two previous attempts to tunnel the Thames had failed, but Marc Brunel’s invention of the tunnelling shield (patented 1818) was able to overcome the river’s liquefied sediment. The tunnel opened to pedestrians in 1843 and in 1869 re-opened as a railway. It is still in use today by the East London Line, part of the London Underground network.

The simple red brick building with its elegant chimney, a roofless ruin in 1975, housed the engines which pumped water from the tunnel. It now features a small exhibition explaining the history and significance of the tunnel, including an image of a great banquet which took place in it on 10th November 1827.

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