This year the Leigh Woods Society is pleased to have Julia Elton, daughter of the late Sir Arthur Elton of Clevedon Court, present our annual talk. Julia is a historian whose special interests is Engineering. She was also president of the Newcomen Society for several years - Julia Elton profile. The Elton family has a long history of involvement with Bristol, Clifton and the Suspension Bridge. Julia Elton was involved in the review and sale of the Brunel family archives which are now in the Brunel Institute. As such, she has a deep knowledge of Brunel's original work but also that of the two engineers, Sir John Hawkshaw and William Henry Barlow, who many years later modified Brunel design and actually built the bridge we use today.
Sir John Hawkshaw is known for many other engineering feats such as the Severn Tunnel - see Sir John Hawkshaw profile. He and William Henry Barlow completed the design and building of the Clifton Suspension Bridge - see William Barlow profile
We will have present on the evening a descendant of Sir John Hawkshaw who lives near the Bridge in Clifton and Martin Beaumont, author, who is about to publish a biography of Sir John Hawkshaw.
This event is free to attend. Refreshments will be served from 7pm and the talk will start at 7.30pm. Donations towards the event costs and the speaker's chosen charity will be appreciated on the night.