Thomas Telford

Beckett, Derrick, Telford's Britain, David & Charles, Newton Abbot, England, 1987. Bird, Anthony, Roads and Vehicles, Longman, London, 1969. Bracegirdle, Brian and Miles, Patricia, Thomas Telford, David & Charles, Newton Abbot, England, ...

Author: Anthony Burton

Publisher: Wharncliffe

ISBN: 9781473864085

Category: History

Page: 232

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Thomas Telford's life was extraordinary: born in the Lowlands of Scotland, where his father worked as a shepherd, he ended his days as the most revered engineer in the world, known punningly as The Colossus of Roads. He was responsible for some of the great works of the age, such as the suspension bridge across the Menai Straits and the mighty Pontcysyllte aqueduct. He built some of the best roads seen in Britain since the days of the Romans and constructed the great Caledonian Canal, designed to take ships across Scotland from coast to coast. He did as much as anyone to turn engineering into a profession and was the first President of the newly formed Institution of Civil Engineers. All this was achieved by a man who started work as a boy apprentice to a stonemason. rn He was always intensely proud of his homeland and was to be in charge of an immense programme of reconstruction for the Highlands that included building everything from roads to harbours and even designing churches. He was unquestionably one of Britain's finest engineers, able to take his place alongside giants such as Brunel. He was also a man of culture, even though he had only a rudimentary education. As a mason in his early days he had worked alongside some of the greatest architects of the day, such as William Chambers and Robert Adams, and when he was appointed County Surveyor for Shropshire early in his career, he had the opportunity to practice those skills himself, designing two imposing churches in the county and overseeing the renovation of Shrewsbury Castle. Even as a boy, he had developed a love of literature and throughout his life wrote poetry and became a close friend of the Poet Laureate, Robert Southey. He was a man of many talents, who rose to the very top of his profession but never forgot his roots: he kept his old masons' tools with him to the end of his days. rn There are few official monuments to this great man, but he has no need of them: the true monuments are the structures that he left behind that speak of a man who brought about a revolution in transport and civil engineering.

Thomas Telford

Life of Thomas Telford Chapter I. Eskdale. Chapter II. Langholm – Telford Learns the Trade of a Stonemason. Chapter III. Telford a Workung Mason in London, and Foreman if Masons at Portsmouth. Chapter IV. Becomes Surveyor for the County ...

Author: Samuel Smiles

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783955079383


Page: 284

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The life and works of civil engineer Thomas Telford. With an introductory history of roads and travelling in Great Britian. Originally published in 1867.

On Tour with Thomas Telford

Bracegirdle, B. and Miles, P., Thomas Telford Cossons, N. and Trinder, B., The Iron Bridge Cragg, R., Civil Engineering Heritage Dunlop, J., British Fisheries Society 1786–1893 Gibb, Sir Alexander, The Story of Telford de Maré, E., ...

Author: Chris Morris

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445650586

Category: Photography

Page: 160

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A visual celebration of Thomas Telford's architectural and engineering legacy. A Scottish towering figure of the Industrial Revolution in Britain and the pre-eminent engineer of his day.

Thomas Telford Through Time

Telford's. Canals. I was appointed Sole Agent, Architect and Engineer to the canal which is to join the Mersey and Dee and the Severn. It is the greatest work, ... So wrote Thomas Telford in 1793. Throughout the last quarter of the ...

Author: John Christopher

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445657820

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 96

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This fascinating selection of images records the works of the pre-Victorian engineer Thomas Telford and what remains of the great roads, canals and bridges he built in Scotland, England and Wales.

The Life of Thomas Telford Civil Engineer

Military roads in the Highlands , 56 , Poetry , Telford's cultivation of , 115 , 190 . ... Devonshire and Dartmoor , 7 ; in Paine , Tom , his “ Rights of Man ' read Sussex , 9 ; coaches on , 13 ; Mace's by Telford , 141 ; his iron ...

Author: Samuel Smiles


ISBN: BSB:BSB10067340


Page: 331

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Life of Thomas Telford written by himself containing a descriptive narrative of his professional labours with a folio Atlas of copper plates Edited by J Rickman with a preface supplement annotations and index

Thomas Telford. Page APPENDIX R. 2 . 633 R. 3 . 645 S. 1 . 648 S. 2 . 650 T. 653 U. 655 V. ( p . 274. ) Report on mode of Supply of Pure Water ; with Estimate ; by Thomas Telford ( p . 274. ) Chelsea Waterworks , Filter described by Mr.

Author: Thomas Telford


ISBN: BL:A0017298279



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The Reformist Ideas of Samuel Johnson

But most of all Johnson would have praised the generosity of Telford's ... Quoted in Anthony Burton, Thomas Telford (London: Arum Press, first publ. ... See Thomas Telford, 'Miscellaneous Letters 1795-1832, MS 3147/3/525' [online].

Author: Stefka Ritchie

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443879125

Category: History

Page: 315

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This book explores what remains an under-studied aspect of Samuel Johnson’s profile as a person and writer – namely, his attitude to social improvement. The interpretive framework provided here is cross-disciplinary, and applies perspectives from social and cultural history, legal history, architectural history and, of course, English literature. This allows Johnson’s writings to be read against the peculiarities of their historical milieu, and reveals Johnson in a new light – as an advocate of social improvement for human betterment. Considering the multiplicity of narrative modes that have been employed, the book points to the blurred boundaries and overlapping between history, testimony and fiction, and argues that a future biography of Samuel Johnson has to recognise that throughout his life he valued the utilitarian aspect of his manifesto as a writer to impart a more charitable attitude in the pursuit of a more caring society.