Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Who was Thomas Young?

Answer. I don't know. Thomas Young was a director of the London & Birmingham Railway and also of the London and South Western Railway. He was a man with some money and he probably made a lot of money out of his investments.

Unfortunately there were (and still are) many Thomas Youngs and there were several well-to-do families named Young prospering in the 19th century. Any one of several could have produced our Thomas Young and he remains a shadowy figure.

Young Street, a single row of terraced houses was built in Wolverton in the 1840s and lasted 120 years until it was pulled down in the 1960s. There is now no trace of it, rather like the man it was named after.

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