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“A tribute to a great inventor.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Barnes Wallis Statue

Barnes Wallis Statue
Beacon Hill, Herne Bay, England
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Ranked #24 of 48 things to do in Herne Bay
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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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“A tribute to a great inventor.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Barnes Wallace was truly a great British inventor. Apart from the famous 'bouncing bomb', first used against the German dams by 617 squadron, he was also responsible for the design of the Vickers Wellington, one of the best bomber aircraft of the Second World War, and was also involved with pre-war airship development. The British are all too quick to forget people like Barnes Wallace, as if honouring a weapons inventor is somehow 'triumphalist'. We needed him during the war, and this statue, erected near to where the bouncing bomb was tested, honours his memory. Pity it wasn't erected in Trafalgar Square! Hopefully, this statue will encourage a younger generation to find out more about him, and the many others like him, whose back-room boffin work helped save us from the horrors of the Nazis. Why not look him up on Google?

Visited August 2012
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London
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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“Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Great statue - dislike the fact the Council use the word 'infamous' for the bouncing bomb - there was a war on for heaven's sake. Even so it rightly marks a memorial for a true British inventor and character.

Visited March 2013
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Herne Bay, England, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“A mini Barnes Wallace”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Apparently the only 'Full sized' statue of Barnes Wallace in the UK. It is such a shame that the man was a lot larger than the statue that portrays him.... Whoever made this, should have done their homework first.... or made the bronze larger than life!

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“A Majestic statue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

stumbled across this statue by chance. Very majestic looking and would have liked to know more about it. Needs more promotion by the Town.

Visited May 2012
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