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Plaque: Richard Trevithick

Erection date: 23/4/1934


Close to this place Richard Trevithick, born 1771 - died 1833, pioneer of high pressure steam, ran in the year 1808 the first steam locomotive to draw passengers.
Erected by the Trevithick Centenary Memorial Committee.

The world’s first passenger-carrying railway was opened in Euston Square, or possibly Gower Street. It went round in a circle and cost a shilling per go.

2020: Alamy have a photo of this memorial with the sculptor (see his page), captioned: "Mr Oliver Stanley to unveil memorial to Richard Trevithick at University College . Mr Oliver Stanley will unveil a memorial tablet at the University College London , to the memory of Richad Treithick , the pioneer in high pressure steam engines , who ran his first steam engine in 1808 , the memorial is the work of Mr L S Merrifield , the sculptor . Photo shows , Mr L S Merrifield putting the finishing touches to the memorial , which be unveiled at the University College today . 23 April 1934".

At the time of the unveiling Stanley was the Minister for Transport.

Site: Richard Trevithick (1 memorial)

WC1, Gower Street

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Richard Trevithick

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Richard Trevithick

Pioneer of high pressure steam. Born in Illogan, Cornwall. In 1803 he drove a...

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Richard Trevithick

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L. S. Merrifield

Sculptor. Leonard Stanford Merrifield was born in Gloucestershire. After trai...

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Oliver Stanley

Second son of the 17th Earl of Derby. Conservative politician. Died at home i...

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