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In wa­ter­ways cir­cles we know Thomas Telford for his canal work, but there was much more to him than that: he was re­spon­si­ble for bridges, roads, har­bours, churches and more. This pic­to­rial book fol­lows his life and work as it took him around Bri­tain: his early days work­ing as a ma­son in Lon­don; to Shrop­shire where he built bridges and be­came in­volved in the Ellesmere Canal (now the Llan­gollen); back up to his na­tive Scot­land to build har­bours and bridges and to give the coun­try a bet­ter road net­work; re­turn­ing to canal work with the Union and Cale­do­nian; to Wales to com­pletely re­build the Holy­head Road; and fi­nally, back to canals with the Birm­ing­ham & Liver­pool Junction – to­day’s Shrop­shire Union Main Line – and im­prove­ments made to the BCN. It’s a whirl­wind tour which gives us some idea of the breadth of achieve­ments of the great engi­neer and ar­chi­tect.

On Tour­with Thomas Telford, Chris Mor­ris, Am­ber­ley, am­ber­ley-books.com, £19.99, 978-1-4456-5057-9

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