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Hunchbricks of Notre-Dame: Four-year-old offers plans for new cathedral out of Lego

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD genius inventor and budding engineer has offered the French president his plans to rebuild the Notre-Dame Cathedral — made out of Lego.

Super-bright Thomas Nourse-Wright has been taking apart and rebuilding clocks since he was just two and can build electrical circuit boards for fun.

He loves being surrounded by Lego blocks and cogs, and at the age of just four already classes himself as an ‘inventor’.

Lego blueprint: Little inventor Thomas with his plans for Notre-Dame Cathedral, including a sprinkler system on the spire

After French president Emmanuel Macron announced a competition to replace the burnt-down Notre-Dame spire Thomas has come up with his own design, made enitrely from Lego bricks.

Little Thomas said: ‘I would really like it if the president would look at my design and talk to me about the drawing that I made.

‘I made the model of what I want it to look like out of Lego. I came home and I got my ruler and made a plan of what I can do.

‘In my design of the spire on Notre Dame, I want to put a sprinkler in so firemen do not have to do it if it was to catch fire, and it would be easier to put a fire out.’

Thomas added: ‘I like building things out of Lego. I have also built a phonograph out of Lego. I am an inventor. I like to invent things.’

Thomas’s mother, Julia Nourse-Wright, 33, said that she saw the window for plans to be submitted, and thought that Macron would like to see her son’s ideas for the spire.

The mum-of-three said: ‘I have been in contact with the president and Notre-Dame. But I have not heard anything back except that the president’s office suggest that I contact Notre-Dame directly.

‘I can’t even pinpoint when he became obsessed with it. We never spoke about it at home. He just kept watching news clips over the fire over and over.

Getting a feel for it: Thomas absorbing some architecture PICTURES: JULIA NOURSE-WRIGHT/SWNS

‘He said, “I wish I could make it with Lego so it won’t burn down”.

‘When I told him about the competition, he straight away went to get a pencil and paper, and he just drew.’

Julia added: ‘His knowledge is amazing. He has always been fascinated with anything that has a mechanism — fans, dishwashers, air-conditioning units.

‘He just seems to have a natural understanding of how things work — and if he doesn’t, he’ll take it apart.

Thomas often comes out of school with ideas for new inventions.

He said: ‘I really like the towers of Notre-Dame. They look good and I like the structure. The towers’ structure is very good as both parts of them survived.

‘I have a book of the plans that I have made and I have taken it to school.’

His family are very supportive of his work and his hopes and dreams.

Thomas’s father George Nourse-Wright, 34 said: ‘I am very proud that he has found something that he is so good at. I hope that it is something that stays with him.

‘He is always asking questions and always on the go. He is wanting to know more all the time.’