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Telford's Britain
David & Charles

Telford's Britain

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Thomas Telford's contribution to the transportation systems of Great Britain was truly remarkable: he was involved in the construction of over 1,000 miles of roads, hundreds of miles of canals, numerous bridges and many docks and harbours. At the time of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's birth, Telford was working on civil engineering projects which were equal in magnitude to current proposals for the Channel tunnel, he was approaching 70 when George and Robert Stephenson were beginning to have an impact on the development of the railways, and he was also responsible for the world's largest span bridge at Menai. Yet his work has tended to be over-shadowed by these great Victorian railway engineers, and railway mania and the rapid decline of canals and coach services has meant that until now Telford's work has not received the full merit that it so richly deserves.

Following a summary of Telford's life and work, this lavishly-illustrated book, appraises Telford's engineering works as they exist today and examines their technical and architectural merit. Many of the major projects are discussed in detail, including the cast-iron and masonry bridges over the River Severn, Ellesmere Canal, the Pont Cysyllte Aqueduct and St Katharine Docks. Telford's contribution to the development of mechanised transport is assessed in a separate chapter and a technical appendix provides a simple quantitative comparison of the structural principles of the arch and suspension bridge. The comprehensive gazetteer encourages the reader to visit Telford's works, and it is arranged in localised tours from one day to week for easy enjoyment.

a Telford's Britain, its text enhanced by over eighty superb black and white photo- graphs and twenty-five diagrams, will both appeal to those already familiar with his work who wish to look at it in greater detail, and will introduce a new audience to the work of this extraordinarily capable engineer.

Jacket picture: The 1007ft (308m) Pont Cysyllte cast-iron aqueduct built between 1795 and 1805 to carry the Ellesmere Canal over the River Dee at Llangollen (Engraving by F. Jules based on an original drawing by J. Parry, courtesy British Waterways Board)

Hardback with dust jacket, 16x24cm, 192 pages, black & white photographs

Condition: Good/Very Good

ISBN: 9780715385883

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