Thomas Telford Paperback – Illustrated, 2 Jun 2007
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"Mr. Rolt at the full height of his powers . . . animates the scene with life just as though some old print started out of its pages." --John Betjeman
"Mr. Rolt writes faithfully and thoroughly of Telford's work and achievements. He brings to their interpretation the outlook of an engineer." --Sunday Times
"Mr. Rolt realizes from the start that what makes Telford important is what he did, not what he was . . . an original writer on fresh themes; he knows his subject inside out." --Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
L T C Rolt wrote a large number of books, a number of which are now regarded as classics. He wrote biographies on the great British engineers, such as Brunel and the Stephensons, as well as the story of his exploration of England's canals, Narrow Boat.
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Although not a Victorian (he died in 1834) Telford had all the qualities of industry and imagination as well as a genius for finding new ways to do things that the Victorians so clearly showed.
A fascinating read for anyone interested in English history.
An excellent,very readable book about our ancestor's life from his humble beginnings as the son of a Dumfiesshire shepherd, born in Eskdale,in 1757, to his death in 1834 and subsequent burial in Westminster Abbey. This absorbing book descibes Thomas's early work, as an apprentice stone mason in Langholm, to his most memorable skill of being a master, canal, bridge and road builder. Indeed this book draws the reader's avid attention to the many bridges for which he is famous and the stunning fact that he has been remembered as the 'Colossus of Roads' because of the great many roads which he designed. Indeed Scotland and many English counties today,would be most difficult to traverse without his work! He was indeed a great engineer from the 18th Century. His deafness in later life unfotunately caused him to be fairly lonely even though he was made President of the Institute of Engineers in 1820! He is honoured for his contributions to Great Britain.I find it incredible that he did not own his own home until quite late on in his life.
We found this biography such enjoyable reading that we immediately purchased 2 further copies from Amazon (at an excellent bargain price as usual) for other members of our close Telford clan!
The print in it is a good size so even with not very good eyesight husband has managed to read it and did not want to put it down. Very well written and informative some surprises about things, not technical jargon, just very interesting reading.
I already had a nice, small, paperback edition, purchased many years ago.
I bought this copy to send to a friend, but found that, although the format is slightly larger, the reproduction of the pictures left a lot to be desired. Some of the excellent engravings, especially that of the Pontcyssyllte aqueduct, had been transmuted into poorer quality photographs, which is a pity.
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