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The Life of Thomas Telford, Civil Engineer
With an Introductory History of Roads and Travelling in Great Britain


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  • Date Published: July 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108067898

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  • This biography of the civil engineer Thomas Telford (1757–1834) was published in 1867 by Samuel Smiles (1812–1904), the author of Self-Help and of other biographies of engineers and innovators. Smiles had already written about Telford's life and achievements in Volume 2 of his Lives of the Engineers (which is also reissued in this series), but in returning to the topic he adds to this new edition an introductory section (taken from Volume 1 of Lives of the Engineers) on the history of roads in Britain, from prehistoric trackways, via the Romans, to the modern road-building system pioneered by John Metcalf (the extraordinary 'Blind Jack of Knaresborough') and Telford himself. This illustrated work gives engaging accounts from earlier writers of the perils of road travel, and also deals in detail with Telford's own career as a builder of roads, bridges and canals.

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    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108067898
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 68 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Early Roads and Modes of Travelling:
    1. Old roads
    2. Early modes of conveyance
    3. Manners and customs influenced by the state of the roads
    4. Roads and travelling in Scotland in the last century
    5. Roads and travelling in England towards the end of the last century
    6. John Metcalf, road-maker
    Part II. Life of Thomas Telford:
    1. Eskdale
    2. Langholm - Telford a stonemason
    3. Working mason in London, and foreman at Portsmouth
    4. Surveyor for the county of Salop
    5. First employment as engineer
    6. The Ellesmere canal
    7. Iron and other bridges
    8. Highland roads and bridges
    9. Telford's Scotch harbours
    10. Caledonian and other canals
    11. Telford as a road-maker
    12. The Menai and Conway suspension bridges
    13. Docks, drainage, and bridges
    14. Southey's tour in the Highlands
    15. Telford's later years - death and character

  • Author

    Samuel Smiles

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