Mr Overshadowed...

by David Swatton May. 17, 2019 358 views

Thomas Telford was an engineering giant of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and yet he always seems to be overshadowed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel - let's face it, who would't be?

But Telford's achievements were remarkable. He was responsible for: the Caledonian Canal, harbour works at Aberdeen, Dundee, and elsewhere, the building of more than 900 miles of roads, the mighty Chirk and Pontcysyllte aquaducts (the latter now being a World Heritage Site) and his two famous suspension bridges, one over the the Menai Strait and, pictured here, that over the River Conwy.

Opened in 1826, it was one of the first road suspension bridges in the world. The crenelated turrets at each end were designed to fit in with the fortifications of Conwy Castle that stands at one end of the bridge.

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