The Lives of the Engineers
Telford in England & Wales
June 6th - 10th 2022
Led by Peter Brown

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This is the first in a series of tours under the title "The Lives of the Engineers" inspired by the title of the 3 volumes by Samuel Smiles published by John Murray in 1861.

Thomas Telford FRS, FRSE (1757 – 1834) was born into poverty in Eskdale, Dumfriesshire but rose to be one of the two greatest civil engineers of the early 19th century. Reflecting his command of all types of civil engineering of the time, he was elected as the first President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a post he held for 14 years until his death.

A separate tour "Telford in Scotland" is planned for later but this tour explores how he built his reputation in Shropshire where in the 1790s he became County Surveyor, General Agent of the Ellesmere Canal and consultant to the Shrewsbury Canal.
Later, he engineered the Holyhead Road and the Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal.

Based at an hotel near the town of Telford, named after the great engineer, the highlights of this tour are planned to be visits to Longdon, Chirk and Pontcysyllte Aqueducts, the ‘New Main Line’ of the Birmingham Canal and Harecastle Tunnel, most of the route of the Holyhead Road including the Menai Bridge, and, less well known, all three of the churches which he designed.

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