Basil Mott

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Basil Mott was born in Leicester, England back in 1859. He attended the International School in Switzerland and at the Royal School of Mines. After graduation, he found work as a mining engineer with the Neston Colliery Co. in Cheshire. In 1886, he joined the staff at the City & South London Railway, his employment there influenced the remaining 40 years of his life.

In 1902, he formed a partnership for David Hay. They worked on extending the Central London Railway, the building of escalators and the construction of two bridges.

In 1922, he started on something that he is still in the history book for Great Britain. That one kept him busy for 12 years. In 1932, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society, which is truly a rare honor for a civil engineer. Sadly, he died 6 years later.

What you may not know about Basil is that he is responsible for the building of the Mersey Tunnel, it opened on July 18, 1934 and is still the largest tunnel in Great Britain.

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Now there is a monument to his creativity and skill that has lasted beyond a lifetime !

Feb 08, 2019 03:06 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I'm sure everyone who uses that tunnel is surely happy it's there....

Feb 08, 2019 03:18 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Never having been to Manchester, despite living in London, this is not a tunnel I am familiar with so had no idea it was the largest tunnel in GB.

Feb 08, 2019 03:58 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - I have been to Great Britain a number of times but not yet to Manchester at least as far as I recall and my knowledge of tunnels is zilch. However, the stories you share provide a moment of pause to a life that seems full of much learning and adventure. I feel transported to another time.

Feb 08, 2019 04:07 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Never been to Great Britain and was unfamiliar with its largest tunnel until today! Thanks! Enjoy your day.

Feb 08, 2019 04:30 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

The Lincoln Tunnel and the Memorial Tunnel I have been through but not that one!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 08, 2019 05:12 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Quite an accomplisment to still have the longest tunnel since 1934.

Feb 08, 2019 06:25 AM #7
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

What a great accomplishment, now we just need to get them to drive on the correct side of the road. Drove there twice and that is a adventure.

Feb 08, 2019 06:34 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. One of those things I can never fathom is how tunnels are built.

Feb 08, 2019 07:53 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The best tunnet builders are in Italy.  On the way to Bologna, Italy you go through at least a dozen of tunnels.  They are beautiful and well aired.  A

Feb 08, 2019 07:54 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I am surprised that this tunnel is still in good repair. It goes to the quality of Basil Mott's talent. 

Feb 08, 2019 10:51 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- amazing what the human mind is capable of. I’m not a tunnel person but someone has to design them.

Feb 08, 2019 11:59 AM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

So he was part of the underground James Dray . Thank you for sharing😀…. 

Feb 08, 2019 09:54 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I love Tunnels and been to many in my life but not to this one, maybe on my next trip to England,Endre

Feb 08, 2019 10:37 PM #14
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, that is a magnificent achievement for Basis Mott.  So nice to leave planet Earth and know you have made a major contribution for humanity.

Feb 10, 2019 12:54 PM #15
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