Building the Northern Heights Railway


Building the Northern Heights Railway
Hugh Petrie

Online 7.15 pm
Thursday 25 March

During the 1860s the Edgware Highgate and London Railway built a railway network along the ridges north of London. Hugh Petrie’s talk described how this was achieved, and who built it, looking at everyone from the senior engineers all the way down to the children who accompanied the brick makers and navvies. Hugh brought together a large number of documents from a variety of sources, focusing on the people involved in building the railway.

Hugh Petrie was brought up in Finchley, where he still lives with his wife and family. He went to Christ’s College and graduated in history from the University of Northumberland and Essex University. He has written a number of local histories, and has been Heritage Development Officer for Barnet for 20 years.

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