Edward Watkin's 200th anniversary
The Watkin Society was formed on 10 September 2019, just prior to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edward Watkin, builder of the Great Central Railway from Manchester to London.
A plaque in his honour was unveiled at Marylebone station following a sustained effort to gain recognition for Watkin by Geoff Scargill, chairman of the Watkin Society.
One of the aims of the society is to further research Edward’s connection with Northenden, and how he and his father Absolom, invested in their local community. This is being convened by vice chairman, Revd Andrew Bradley, who has a particular interest as the rector of St. Wilfrid's Church in Northenden, where Absalom and Edward are buried.