Concept    From 9/12/1868  To 2/1/1869

First traffic lights in world

Categories: Engineering, Science

Less than a month after the lights were installed the lamp blew up, seriously injuring the policeman who was operating it. See the IET and the Victorianist for two different takes on the story.

2017: Londonist describes how these rather odd lights worked, or not.

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First traffic lights in world

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Peake Knight, 1st traffic lights

City of Westminster John Peake Knight, 1828 - 86, inventor of the world's fi...

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Sir William Cubitt

Sir William Cubitt

Civil Engineer. Born Norfolk. President of The Institute of Civil Engineers. One of the Commissioners for the Great Exhibition, 1851, and Chairman of its Building committee. Also designed a louvred...

Person, Engineering

5 memorials
Surrey and Kent Commission of Sewers

Surrey and Kent Commission of Sewers

Since Tudor times this organisation was responsible for the drainage of the low-lying parts of the whole of the then built-up area of South London.  1848 - subsumed into the Metropolitan Commission...

Group, Engineering

1 memorial
Alliott Verdon Roe

Alliott Verdon Roe

Aircraft designer and manufacturer. Born Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe at Patricroft, Manchester. He was inspired by the Wright brothers to devote himself to powered flight. In 1907 he built a biplane a...

Person, Aviation, Engineering

3 memorials
Edward Charles Dodd

Edward Charles Dodd

The Junior 3rd Engineer on the RMS Titanic. A résumé of his life can be found on the Encyclopedia Titanica website that (in April 2022) incorrectly gives his age as 39 years at the time of his deat...

Person, Engineering, Tragedy

1 memorial
William Felton

William Felton

It was in William Felton's carriage works in Leather Lane that Trevithick's steam-powered carriage was built.

Person, Engineering

1 memorial