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Doncaster Features: Famous Doncastrian: Edmund Denison

Edmund Denison

Edmund was the MP for the West Riding of Yorkshire when he backed a proposal to build a railway line from London to York, approved in 1846. He then became chairman of Great Northern Railway and is attributed as being the individual who brought the railway to Doncaster in 1853.

There is a civic plaque on the building he used as the carriage works for the line in Doncaster; Denison House on South Parade. The carriage works had previously been based in Boston.

He was also interested in the welfare of his new employee's and he regarded it his duty to build a school for his workers’ children.

In 1864 Edmund Denison retired as Chair of GNR.

He was also a keen clockmaker (he designed the movement for Big Ben in 1851), astronomer, lawyer and reputedly a one time Mayor of Doncaster.

He was also a keen early advocate of homeopathy, helping to fund St. James Homeopathic Hospital in Doncaster.

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