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Victorian Builders

In the 1970s and early 80s I worked in the Talks & Features Department of the BBC World Service.

One of the series of features I made looked back at the legacy of the Victorian Builders, from the pioneering engineering of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, to the horticultural expertise of Joseph Paxton, to Sir Charles Barry - architect of the Houses of Parliament in London, to Sir George Gilbert Scott who designed London's St Pancras Station Hotel.

The tapes have stretched and worn a little over time, so these recordings are of variable quality. But I hope they give a taste of the actual series...

Isambard Kingdom Brunel:


Joseph Paxton


Sir Charles Barry


Sir George Gilbert Scott


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