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Book reviews — June 2007

'The Man Who Buried Nelson: the surprising life of Robert Mylne', by Robert Ward
Paperback. 219 pages. Published in 2007 by the Tempus Publishing, £14.99
Robert Ward is a GLIAS member who works as a barrister part of the year and researches industrial archaeological topics for the rest. Robert's interest in Mylne was aroused by his previous work on the London's New River which was first published in 2003 and was reprinted in 2006.

Here he tells the story of Robert Mylne, descended from a line of Scottish master masons, who won a competition to design and build Blackfriars Bridge at the early age of 26. Later appointments followed including surveyor to St Paul's Cathedral, clerk of works to Greenwich Hospital and engineer to London's main waterworks. He designed public buildings and bridges all over England and also surveyed rivers, harbours and canals. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society and a founding member of the Society of Civil Engineers.

This generously illustrated book is the first biography of the Scot, who prepared the sarcophagus for Nelson's coffin in the crypt of St Paul's and who arranged to put in it a secret hoard of cons and medals provided by his friend, Matthew Boulton, an event described here for the first time. Sue Hayton

'The Brunels' Tunnel', edited by Eric Kentley, with a foreword by Michael Palin
Paperback. 84 pages. Published in 2006 by the Brunel Museum at a price of £5 incl p&p, from The Brunel Museum, Brunel Engine House, Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, SE16 4LF. Please contact the museum for a special price for GLIAS members of £4 per booklet including p&p
The publication of this booklet was made possible with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Institution of Civil Engineers and tells the story of the Brunels and their tunnel under the Thames right up to the present day. This well-illustrated book serves as a good introduction to the subject and benefits from a contribution from GLIAS member, Julia Elton. More

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