Lothingland on the Internet

Sir Morton Peto Bt
1809-1889
Victorian Entrepreneur of East Anglai


To order this book by the Revd. Dr. Edward Brooks, Rector of Somerleyton 1969 - 1983, pleas use the order form below
Sir Morton Peto was an extraordinary man. From the age of 21, he was in partnership with his cousin Thomas Grissel in the construction of many major public buildings and monuments, including Nelson's column, the Reform Club, the Oxford and Cambridge Club, 3 major London theatres, a prison, many hospitals and the London brick sewers which are still in use today.

In 1843, he purchased Somerleyton Hall, and proceeded to turn Lowestoft from a small fishing village into one of the main ports of the country, with a new harbour for 1000 ships, and some luxurious hotels for the growing holiday trade. He also built the railway connecting Lowestoft to the rest of the railway system, thus fulfilling his promise that "fish landed in the early catches would get through to Manchester in time for high tea".

From 1843 onwards, he built 750 miles of railway line in England, and 2,300 miles abroad, including the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada (539 miles), and others in Argentina, Russia, Algeria, Norway, Denmark and Austria. During this time, he completely rebuilt Somerleyton Hall, and was also a very hard-working Member of Parliament for 20 years. This brilliant career unfortunately ended on a sombre note when he became technically insolvent in 1866, being owed 1 million in unpaid debts.

Sir Morton Peto Bt
1809-1889
Victorian Entrepreneur of East Anglai

by the Revd. Dr. Edward Brooks, Rector of Somerleyton 1969 - 1983,
Published by the Bury Clerical Society (non-profit-making)
Limited edition, 330 pp, section sewn for long life
ISBN 0 9592988 4 0
Cost per copy 15 +2.50 p&p (4 outside UK by surface mail)
payable by cheque or bank draft drawn on a UK bank


Please send your order with cheque made payable to Revd. Dr. Edward C. Brooks, Bury Clerical Society, Wheelwrights, Thorpe Morieux, Suffolk, IP30 0NR, England.

Please print your name and address and postcode clearly

Please bookmark us, and come to visit us again.
Back to Lothingland on the Internet home page

This site designed and maintained by Internetworks Ltd
http://www.lothingland.page.co.uk/ index.htm
    first posted June 1999 last revised 20 February 2004
Comments/ suggestions/ problems, please get in touch with the Webmaster