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Sir Thomas Bouch – Hero? Villain? Victim? Or just bad PR? Badsworth

  • Lecture
  • Badsworth
  • 27 November 2018
  • 10:30 - 13:00
 Sir Thomas Bouch – Hero? Villain? Victim? Or just bad PR? Badsworth

About this event

Thomas Bouch is generally remembered for the failure of the Tay Railway Bridge, an event which rocked the Victorian establishment. But the construction of what was then the longest bridge in the world was not entrusted to an insignificant engineer, far from it.

The talk aims to correct an imbalance of repute by explaining some of his background and history that led up to his winning the Tay Bridge contract. Whilst the speaker does recognise that he was not without fault in connection with that tragic incident, he considers that Bouch was not as blameworthy as the Court of Enquiry conclusion stated.

The talk does not derive from original research but draws on various existing resources. When they are analysed carefully one may or may not be persuaded that he was harshly judged, but at the least people should be made aware of his successes.


If you wish to book for this meeting, please advise the RICE Hon Secretary not later than 11.00 on Friday 23 November 2018. You may do that by e-mail to hughalex@talktalk.net, or by a note in the post to: Hugh Allan, 8 West End Close, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5JN, or by telephone on 0113 259 1095.

Note: RICE meetings are open to all members of ICE and to members of other organisations with whom the ICE has a reciprocal arrangement, such as IET and IMechE. Additionally, RICE members may invite a guest to a RICE ordinary meeting, twice a year.


Tea and coffee will be served at registration for the meeting, at no charge to members. Following the meeting a cash bar will be open and a hot and cold self-service buffet will be served, to be ordered in advance when booking for the meeting and paid in cash at registration. The cost for lunch will be £14 per person and £2 for dessert.

If you book but later you find that you are unable to attend, provided that you notify the Hon Sec not later than the booking deadline below, you will not be charged. If you cancel after that we will endeavour to make an adjustment with the venue so that you may not have to pay, but we reserve the right to request reimbursement from you if that isn’t possible.


10.30 - Registration, coffee & tea service
11.00 - Presentation by Bill Jagger followed by Q&A and discussion
12.45 - Bar open and buffet lunch service


The presentation will be given by Bill Jagger, an accountant and historian who has a lifelong interest in transport in general and railways in particular.

Event venue

Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel
Thorp Lane
Badsworth WF9 1AB
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Katie Gibson

e: katie.gibson@ice.org.uk