The Man Who Buried Nelson : The Surprising Life of Robert Mylne
This illustrated volume provides a biographical account of a multi-talented, eighteenth-century Scotsman, Robert Mylne, whose friends included Smeaton, Watt and Boulton. Mylne achieved fame in his twenties as a bridge builder, architect and engineer. Born in Edinburgh, educated in architecture in Rome, he won the St Luke's design competition before returning to London where he won the prize of designing Blackfriar's bridge. He was surveyor to St Paul's Cathedral, and the Royal Hospital at Greenwich, the engineer to London's biggest waterworks, architect to many houses and bridges, surveyer on rivers, canals and harbours and was an F.R.S. and a founding member of the Society of Civil Engineers and the Architects' Club. He even prepared the sarcophagus for Nelson's coffin! This is the first biography of an important and interesting man.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 156 x 235 x 22mm | 394g
- 01 Mar 2007
- The History Press Ltd
- NPI Media Group
- Stroud, United Kingdom
About Robert Ward
Robert Ward is a barrister and historian living in London. Ward has had a long interest in Mylne and his previous book, London's New River, included a chapter on Robert Mylne,who was connected with the subject matter, London's water supply.
...admirable clarity .. a fascinating life.. The London Journal. ...well-written and engaging ... enjoyable and scholarly.. London Topographical Society Newsletter. ...The final masterly touch in Ward's extensive research was to uncover the facts about Mylne's involvement in preparation of the sarcophagus for Nelson in St Paul's, in which he arranged to secrete a hoard of coins and medals. - RCHS Journal