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Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group

Mon, Jan. 20, 2020 2:30pm

Location: Waterloo Centre, Waterloo Avenue, Leiston IP16 4JB

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The life and times of the railway architect Francis Thompson

The January meeting of the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group will be a talk by Bob Webb about the railway architect Francis Thompson, who was an internationally renowned architect responsible for innovative architecture in the early development of railway stations and passenger services. 
He was born in 1808 in Woodbridge to a family of builders. Having an interest in and understanding of architecture gained from his relatives, Thompson designed houses, commercial buildings, court facilities, and a church. Among his many publicly acclaimed buildings, major and minor railway stations, and warehouses, he designed the Canadian Parliament House – and Wickham Market Railway Station. 
The talk will highlight Thompson's contribution and  collaborators.
Bob Webb is a founder member of Station House Community Connections, a charitable society which has brought the Station House at Wickham Market station back into use. A Campsea Ashe resident for the past 20 years, he has a keen interest in local history. 
The talk will be at 2.30pm on Monday 20th January at the Waterloo Centre, Waterloo Avenue, Leiston IP16 4JB – what was previously Leiston Grammar School and 6th Form Centre. This is a new venue for the Family History Group. Admission is £1 for members, £3 for non-members, including tea/coffee.