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Thomas Telford-engineering genius
on 24 May 2011
I read Rolt's book on Brunel and then bought this book. Rolt's writing is quite dense and takes some concentration but he is incredibly well read and it's an amazing story of a man who like Brunel has his whole energy directed to a single goal. Well that's not quite true because like Brunel (who he preceeded ) Telford always had lots of different projects on the go at any one time. He built bridges, canals and aquaducts and there was really very little he didn't try. He was also a poet of no mean ability in his limited spare time.
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.