Mayor set to unveil tribute to Sir Daniel Gooch in Windsor town centre

Mayor set to unveil tribute to Sir Daniel Gooch in Windsor town centre

Tara O'Connor

A blue plaque will be unveiled in Windsor on Thursday to commemorate Sir Daniel Gooch - the first locomotive superintendent.

The Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Eileen Quick, will unveil the plaque at Windsor Royal Shopping Centre, the former Great Western Railway station building, at 11.30am.

Sir Daniel was a telegraph pioneer and locomotive engineer being employed by world famous railway engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

He was born in 1816 and died in 1889. He lived in Clewer Park from 1859.

His achievements included laying the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable, using the SS Great Eastern and was the first superintendent of locomotive engines for Great Western Railway and later its chairman.

Outside of his engineering work, he was a magistrate in Windsor, deputy lieutenant of Berkshire, MP for Cricklade in Wiltshire and pro grand master of the Berks and Bucks Masons.

Sir Daniel was nominated for the plaque by Malcolm Lock, chairman of the Friends of Windsor & Royal Borough Museum.

Mr Lock said: “I felt the need for some form of recognition for Daniel Gooch as the bicentenary of his birth approached.

“Although an eminent engineer of his age, his name does not readily spring to mind.

“A blue plaque seemed appropriate and as his home at Clewer Park has long been demolished, I felt the old GWR station building would make an ideal site.

“My thanks go to all those involved in this project who have ensured its success. Sir Daniel now has a permanent memorial in his adopted town.”

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