Categories: Science, Engineering
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
City of Westminster John Peake Knight, 1828 - 86, inventor of the world's fi...
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Historian. Born into a family of gun and rifle manufacturers, he was a prolif...
Inventor of the world's first traffic lights. Engineer and railway manager fr...
Born near Halifax. Civil engineer. Built canals and reservoirs.Died at home...
Civil engineer. Born Devon. Worked for Smeaton, first as an apprentice and ...
Civil engineer. Born Falkirk and studied at Glasgow University. Came to Londo...
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12,210 brave WW1 seamen remembered on the monument at Tower Hill.
23,831 brave WW2 seamen remembered on the monument at Tower Hill.