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Woolwich Plaque unveiled in memory of renowned Eltham engineer
3:39pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
Mayor of Greenwich Councillor Angela Cornforth and former Woolwich and Erith and Thamesmead MP John Austin unveiled a plaque to Eltham engineer George Croydon Marks
THE Mayor of Greenwich unveiled a plaque to mark the 75th anniversary of the death of a renowned Eltham engineer.
A ceremony was held at Greenwich Heritage Centre to remember George Croydon Marks who was the first Baron Marks of Woolwich and designed many cliff railways across UK.
The “forgotten son” of Eltham came from humble beginnings to become a politician, social reformer and international entrepreneur.
Mayor of Greenwich Councillor Angela Cornforth and former Woolwich and Erith and Thamesmead MP John Austin unveiled the plaque at the centre in Royal Arsenal on September 26.
Mr Austin said: “George Marks came from modest beginnings but seized opportunities and rose to great heights.
“His engineering legacy can be seen in the many cliff railways that he designed or worked on – Lynmouth & Lynton, Bridgnorth, Aberystwyth, Bristol Spa – and many other engineering projects.
“But he learned his craft here, in Woolwich and we should remember him.”
He went on to call Mr Marks “Eltham’s forgotten son” and has helped launch the George Croydon Marks Society in his memory.
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