Sibset of the Week: The Wolfe-Barrys

from thamespathway.com

Engineering during the Victorian Era was nothing short of genius design, and it’s from the select group of notable civil engineers that we pluck this week’s father. Sir John Wolfe-Barry is famed for creating what we now know as Tower Bridge – one of the iconic pieces of London’s skyline. Few mistakenly refer to this bridge as London Bridge, which actually happens to be the next bridge upstream.

It was, by no means, Sir John’s only contribution to key infrastructure of London – he also helped to engineer the District Line of the London Underground. Also, together with Henry Marc Brunel, son of Isambard Kingdom, he worked on the second Blackfriars Railway Bridge. Then there’s Kew Bridge, which lives immediately adjacent to the Royal Botanical Gardens, aka Kew Gardens, which just so happens to be on the district line, as indeed is Tower Hill, the stop if you want to see Tower Bridge:

Picture taken by me at the London Transport Museum

 

But alas, you’re all probably more interested in the names of his offspring with wife Rosalind (born between 1875 and 1889), which follow as such:

Rosalind Mary

Bernard John

Kenneth Alfred

Ida Violet

Alexander Edward

Eric Gordon

Sylvia Grace

I think the majority of these names would be considered quite stylish picks for today’s modern parents – I’m particularly talking about Rosalind, Ida and maybe Bernard.

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  1. Awkward Turtle

    Sylvia would fit in with current tastes too (well it will, once people start looking for Sophia-but-not-quite-Sophia).

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