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Navvies and a missionary on Braunstone Gate bridge, Leicester

Navvies and a missionary on Braunstone Gate bridge, Leicester

L2433. A gang of navvies pose with a missionary on a steam powered crane, photographed during construction of the bowstring girder bridge that carried the Last Main Line across Braunstone Gate. Even by the late 1800s, navvies were still considered to be unruly, godless men who were seen by churchmen and Victorian moralists as ripe for conversion. To provide this guidance and instruction, missionaries served the navvy communities that accompanied the Line's construction.
qkwNavvies
alt_title
themescommunity histories
subjectbridges - Bridge construction
bridges - girder bridge
bridges - railway bridges
bridges - viaduct
Engines - Steam engines
Machinery - Steam Crane
People associated with manual labour - Navvies
People associated with religion - Missionaries
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - Newton, S. W. A.
Datecreation - circa 1897
TypePhotographs - Black and white
Formatdimension.H - 119mm
dimension.W - 162mm
IdentifierNewton - Y 2/15
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationcopy of - glass plate negative
part of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Leicester, Leicestershire (O.S. Ref: 458000 304100)
Location.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
period - circa 1897
RightsLeicestershire County Council