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Coniston Village 5/5

Donald Campbell came to Coniston in the wake of his father, the great speed ace of the 1920’s and 1930’s, Sir Malcolm Campbell, holder of both land and water speed records. From August 1939, when Sir Malcolm broke his own water speed record with a new one of 141.74 mph, a variety of Bluebirds sped across Coniston Water in ever faster pursuit - and capture - of the World Water Speed Record, until, on 4th January 1967, tragedy struck. Donald Campbell perished whilst breaking the 300 mph barrier,and thus joined that select band of folk heroes which includes Scott of the Antarctic, Edmund Hillary, and Neil Armstrong, who set out to achieve the seemingly impossible knowing they may die in the attempt. Following the recovery of his body from the lake in 2001 he was buried in the Coniston churchyard. This memorial stands at the centre of the village with another plaque in the name of Leo Villa, his chief mechanic, remembered as well.

 

Coniston Village 5/5

Donald Campbell came to Coniston in the wake of his father, the great speed ace of the 1920’s and 1930’s, Sir Malcolm Campbell, holder of both land and water speed records. From August 1939, when Sir Malcolm broke his own water speed record with a new one of 141.74 mph, a variety of Bluebirds sped across Coniston Water in ever faster pursuit - and capture - of the World Water Speed Record, until, on 4th January 1967, tragedy struck. Donald Campbell perished whilst breaking the 300 mph barrier,and thus joined that select band of folk heroes which includes Scott of the Antarctic, Edmund Hillary, and Neil Armstrong, who set out to achieve the seemingly impossible knowing they may die in the attempt. Following the recovery of his body from the lake in 2001 he was buried in the Coniston churchyard. This memorial stands at the centre of the village with another plaque in the name of Leo Villa, his chief mechanic, remembered as well.

 

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 4 May 2018, 00:17
What a fascinating little history lesson, Brian!

[In or about 1960, Donald Campbell visited Australia to attempt a Land Speed Record on a salt pan not far from Nyah West, where I attended Primary School. I clearly remember the convoy stopping in the main street, near our school, and being allowed to touch the enormous Bluebird vehicle on the back of a trailer.]
Brian Walbey: I'm so pleased I've brought a memory from your childhood back to you even though this post shows something rather sad.
The rebuilt 'Bluebird' is on show in Coniston also, Brian. One time whilst working in Clitheroe we came across the motor boat that they used during the tests on Coniston, it had a plaque on it, I have no idea how it got there.
Brian Walbey: I didn't know about Bluebird being on show, what a shame I missed it.
> Nice resting area to view the plaques. I like the area that needs a little sweep... adds texture to the shot.
Brian Walbey: I'm surprised the local council doesn't appear to keep such important historic monuments such as this a bit tidier to be honest.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 4 May 2018, 06:27
Of course, I remember this well, Brian
Brian Walbey: A lot of people from our generation no doubt do Lisl.
I quite like all the plaques all over England, Brian, memorializing important people in important places because of their important achievements! smile
Brian Walbey: We do plaques very well Ginnie.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 4 May 2018, 06:45
He was a man obsessed, he probably wanted to compete with his successful father in the high risk stakes..
Brian Walbey: Very often daredevils don't know quite when to stop do they.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 4 May 2018, 07:31
I know about this story and I watched this on TV, Brian. "he who takes high risque, know the consequences". I do feel for the family though, the fact that he was married 3 times might have to do with the unbearable fear these women had to be in seeing the danger he wanted to be in. A nice memorial though.
Brian Walbey: Very often daredevils don't know quite when to stop do they.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 4 May 2018, 07:38
I remember the characters from my childhood and was inspired with wonder at their achievements Brian.
Brian Walbey: So do I Chad.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 May 2018, 12:15
Yes, the Campbells used salt pans in South Africa for record attempts. Today these salt pans are used for all night parties, by various names.
Brian Walbey: I think they went anywhere there was a long enough and flat enough surface, Ray has a memory from his childhood when the Campbells went to Australia near where he lived and he got to touch the Bluebird.
I remember seeing it on the Television at the time and many times since.
Brian Walbey: Yes that small bit of film has been shown many times over.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 May 2018, 06:05
I think I must walk round with my eyes shut; I’ve not seen this before, although I have seen his grave. I also never realised that his body was not recovered until 2001, fascinating.
Brian Walbey: I didn't find his grave but this is in the centre of the village.
I remember Frank telling me this story. I don't recall, however, seeing this memorial
Brian Walbey: Alan has missed this memorial as well and he has been to Coniston a lot of times.
A right memory
Brian Walbey: Indeed, a very sad memory.

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