Edward Watkin


Died aged 81

Sir Edward William Watkin, 1st Baronet (26 September 1819 – 13 April 1901) was a British Member of Parliament and railway entrepreneur. He was an ambitious visionary, and presided over large-scale railway engineering projects to fulfil his business aspirations, eventually rising to become chairman of nine different British railway companies. Among his more notable projects were: his expansion of the Metropolitan Railway, part of today's London Underground; the construction of the Great Central Main Line, a purpose-built high-speed railway line; the creation of a pleasure garden with a partially constructed iron tower at Wembley; and a failed attempt to dig a Channel Tunnel under the English Channel to connect his railway empire to the French rail network.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

This plaque commemorates the pioneering work of Edward Watkin who led the campaign to create the first public parks for the People of Manchester and Salford, which were opened on 22nd August 1846. It was erected in September 2019, the 200th anniversary of Watkin's birth. Philips Park was named after Mark Philips, one of Manchester's first MPs.

Stuart Street, Manchester, United Kingdom where they was

This plaque commemorates the 200th birthday on 26 September 2019 of Sir Edward Watkin who created the Great Central Railway and its London terminal, Marylebone Station

Marylebone Station, Melcombe Place, London, United Kingdom where they was