Thomas Telford ‘Colossus of Roads’

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Professor Roland Paxton
Brian Veitch

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Telford’s achievements in early 19th Century engineering earned him the accolades from Robert Southey, the Poet Laureate at the time, of ‘Colossus of Roads’ and ‘Pontifex Maximus’. Telford was also renowned for his outstanding promotion of the importance of knowledge and education.

This illustrated presentation from Professor Roland Paxton, Heriot-Watt University, detailed Telford’s life from humble origins in Eskdale to becoming the greatest civil engineer of his era.


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