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Book honours pioneering engineer
Thomas Telford - copyright Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust
Telford is seen as a father of the Industrial Revolution
A book has been published charting the achievements of one of the greatest and most prolific British engineers.

The publication - On Tour with Thomas Telford by Chris Morris - celebrates the engineer's bridge, canal and road building exploits in the UK and Europe.

The book was launched at St Michael's Church, Telford, Shropshire - a town which is named after the engineer in honour of his works in the county.

They include the Shropshire Union Canal and Shrewsbury Prison.

'Bold inventiveness'

The Dumfries-born engineer was the surveyor of public works for Shropshire and among his other notable achievements in the county are the Montford Bridge and the viaduct at Longden-upon-Tern.

Telford, who died in 1834 aged 77, is credited with helping make the Industrial Revolution possible, particularly with his pioneering work building bridges.

The most famous is the Menai Bridge, which links Anglesey to the Welsh mainland.

The book also shows Telford's work on the Caledonian Canal in Scotland and the Gota Canal in Sweden.

The chairman of English Heritage, Sir Neil Cosson, paid tribute to the pictorial celebration in the book's preface.

He wrote: "Chris Morris brings to life through his vivid portfolio of photographs the bold inventiveness of a man whose genius can be appreciated as much for its elegance and artistry as its engineering vigour."


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