Thomas Telford
(1757-1834)

Died aged c. 77

Thomas Telford FRS, FRSE (9 August 1757 – 2 September 1834) was a Scottish civil engineer, architect and stonemason, and a noted road, bridge and canal builder. After establishing himself as an engineer of road and canal projects in Shropshire, he designed numerous infrastructure projects in his native Scotland, as well as harbours and tunnels. Such was his reputation as a prolific designer of highways and related bridges, he was dubbed The Colossus of Roads (a pun on the Colossus of Rhodes), and, reflecting his command of all types of civil engineering in the early 19th century, he was elected as the first President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a post he retained for 14 years until his death.

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Commemorated on 16 plaques

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Galton Bridge Built in 1829 by Thomas Telford. When completed, Galton Bridge was the longest single-span bridge over the largest earthworks in the world. The bridge was named after Samuel Galton, major shareholder.

Galton Bridge, Roebuck Lane, Smethwick, United Kingdom where they built a bridge (1829)

Thomas Telford Civil Engineer 1757-1834 worked in Portsmouth Naval Dockyard from 1784 until 1786. This plaque was placed here to commerate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Telford

Storehouse no. 9, Main Road, Portsmouth, United Kingdom where they worked (1784-1786)

7 Old Turn Junction (1769) This junction was formed when James Brindley's contour canal of 1769 was joined by Thomas Telford's New Main Line in 1827.

Old Turn Junction (near the NIA), Birmingham, United Kingdom where they was (1827)

Montford Bridge to commemorate the 250th anniversary of his birth Thomas Telford (1757 - 1834) First President. The first bridge designed and built by Thomas Telford and opened on Lady Day 1792, following his appointment as County Surveyor of Public Works, Shropshire, 1787

North end of Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom where they was

St Michael's Church, Church Street, Madeley. 1796. Designed by Thomas Telford. Fine cast iron tombs in graveyard including Revd. John Fletcher.

St Michael's church, Church Street, Madeley, United Kingdom where they designed

Corbet Arms This hotel, originally a 17th Century coaching inn was known as "The Talbot" until 1825. Thomas Telford stayed here in 1832 during the building of teh nearby canal. An important town meeting place, in 1862 it was the scene of the inauguration of the Nantwich and Market Drayton Railway.

Corbet Arms Hotel, Market Drayton, United Kingdom where they stayed

Thomas Telford 1757-1834 whose skills ensured the completion of the Diggle Flight and Standedge Tunnel

Entrance to Standedge Tunnel, Diggle, United Kingdom where they worked

Nodwedd Peirianneg Sifil o Bwysigrwydd Hanesyddol Rhyngwladol Pont Grog Conwy. Codwyd 1822-1826, Rhychwant 327tr. Ailosodwyd a Chryfhawyd y Dec Gydag ategion ochr 1896, Caewyd I Gerbydau 1958. Peirianwyr: T Telford (1822-34) a W A Provis (1822-50). Gwaith Haearn: W Hazledine, T Rhodes, Gwaith Carreg: J Wilson. Dyma'r Adeiilawaith Pwysicaf ar y Ffordd Bwysig Rhwmg Bangor a Chaer. Adeiladwyd Pont Grog Conwy, Sef Creadigaeth Fwyaf trawiadol Telford yn y dull Gothig, gyda'r un dechnoleg a ddatblygwyd ar gyfer y bont fwy dros y fenai (1818-26), ac mae ganddi ei chadwyni haearn gwreiddiol. International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Conwy Suspension Bridge. Erected 1822-1826, span 327ft. Since replaced and strengthened with side trusses 1896, Closed to Vehicular Traffic 1958. Engineers: T Telford (1822-34) and W A Provis ( 1822-50) . Ironwork: W Hazledine, T Rhodes, Masonry: J Wilson. This was the major structure on the strategically important Bandor to Chester Road. Conwy Suspension Bridge, Telford’s most dramatic creation in the Gothic style was built with the identical technology developed for the larger Menai bridge (1818-26) and still has its original iron chains.

English translation: International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Conwy Suspension Bridge. Erected 1822-1826, span 327ft. Since replaced and strengthened with side trusses 1896, Closed to Vehicular Traffic 1958. Engineers: T Telford (1822-34) and W A Provis ( 1822-50) . Ironwork: W Hazledine, T Rhodes, Masonry: J Wilson. This was the major structure on the strategically important Bandor to Chester Road. Conwy Suspension Bridge, Telford’s most dramatic creation in the Gothic style was built with the identical technology developed for the larger Menai bridge (1818-26) and still has its original iron chains.

Conwy Suspension Bridge close to the Toll House, Conwy, United Kingdom where they designed (1822-1826)

Nodwedd Peirianneg Sifil o Bwysigrwydd Hanesyddol Rhyngwladol Pont Menai Codwyd 1818-26, uchder 153TR, Hyd 1388TR. Prif rychwant 850TR. Cryfhawyd y dec 1840 & 1893. Rhoddwyd dur yn lle'r Gwaith Haearn ac Addaswyd y dec a'i ledu ar Gyfer Trafnidiaeth fodern 1939-41. Peirianwyr T. Telford 1818-34, W.A. Provis 1818-50, Syr B. Baker 1893, Syr A. Gibb & Prtn'aid 1939-41. Gwaith Carreg: J. Wilson. Dyma'r adeiladwaith pwysicaf ar y Ffordd Bwysig Sydd yn Cysylltu Llundain a Chaergybi a Thros y mor i'r iwerddon, Bryd Hynny, Hon Oedd y Bont a'r Rhychwant Hwyaf, ac yr, oedd yn Arloesol yn dechnolegol, gan ymestyn ffiniau technoleg pontydd crog ledled y Byd. Mae gan Bont Conwy (1826) a Godwyd a'r un dechnoleg arloesol, ond sydd yn llai, ei Gwaith Haern Gwreiddiol. Cyflwynwyd Gan Sefydliad Y Peirianwyr Sifil a Chymdeithas Americanaidd Y Peirianwyr Sifil 26 Mehefin 2003 International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Menai suspension bridge. Erected 1818-26. Height 153ft. Length 1388ft. Main span 580ft. Deck strengthened 1840 & 1893. Ironwork replaced by steel-work & deck modified & widened for modern traffic 1939-41. Engineers: T. Telford 1818-34, W.A. Provis 1818-50, Sir B. Baker 1893, Sir A. Gibb & Ptnrs 1939-41. Masonry: J. Wilson. This was the major structure on the strategic road connecting London with Holyhead and by sea to Ireland. The bridge with its then world’s longest span greatly advanced suspension bridge development. The smaller Conwy suspension bridge (1826) built with identical pioneering technology still has its original ironwork. Presented by the Institution of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers 26 June 2003

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Former Toll House on the Bangor side of the bridge, Menai Bridge, United Kingdom where they engineered (1818-1826)

Craigellachie Bridge designed and built by Thomas Telford 1814 restored to its original design by the county councils of Banff, Moray & Nairn 1964

Craigellachie Bridge, Craigellachie, United Kingdom where they built (1814)

This bridge was deigned by Thomas Telford 1767-1834 and constructed under his supervision during 1819

, Bannockburn, United Kingdom where they designed

Paisley Canal Line This plaque marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Telford, the great civil engineer, who designed the Glasgow, Paisley & Ardrossan Canal opened to here in 1811 and converted to a railway in 1883. Blackhall Bridge (1809) over the white cart, with the longest aqueduct span of the canal age and now carrying the railway, is 3/4 mile east of this station.

Causeyside Street, Paisley, United Kingdom where they was

Thomas Telford 1757-1834 Engineer and Architect Lived here 1792

, Bridgnorth, United Kingdom where they lived (1792)

Pont Y Borth Menai Suspension Bridge Adeiladwyd 1818-1826 I Gwblhau'r Ffordd Rhwng Llandain a Chaergybi Constructed 1818-1826 to complete the London to Holyhead Road Thomas Telford 1757 - 1834 Peiriannydd Engineer Cyflwynwyd ar 9 Awst 2007 Gan Sefydliad Y Peirianwyr Sifil-Cymru I Ddathlu 250 o Flynyddoedd ers ei eni Presented on 9 August 2007 By the Insistution of Civil Engineers-Wales to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of his birth

English translation: Menai Suspension Bridge Constructed 1818-1826 to complete the London to Holyhead Road Thomas Telford 1757 - 1834 Engineer Presented on 9 August 2007 By the Insistution of Civil Engineers-Wales to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of his birth

Menai Bridge, Menai Bridge, United Kingdom where they commemorated on the centenary of his birth

Pont Grog Conwy Conwy Suspension Bridge Adeiladwyd 1822-826 fel rhan o'r Gwelliannau i'r ffordd rhwng Caer a Bangor Constructed 1822-1826 as part of the improvement of the Chester to Bangor Road Thomas Telford 1757 - 1834 Peiriannydd Engineer Cyflwynwyd ar 9 Awst 2007 gan sefydliad y peirianwyrsifil - Cymru I ddathlu 250 o flynyddoedd ers ei eni Presented on 9 August 2007 by the Institution of Civil Engineers - Wales to celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth

English translation: Conwy Suspension Bridge Constructed 1822-1826 as part of the improvement of the Chester to Bangor Road Thomas Telford 1757 - 1834 Engineer Presented on 9 August 2007 by the institution of Civil Engineers - Wales to celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth

Conwy Suspension Bridge close to the Toll House, Conwy, United Kingdom where they commemorated on the 250th anniversary of his birth (2007)

Conwy Suspension Bridge Built by Thomas Telford in 1826 Restored by the National Trust in 1969 with the help of Conway Borough Council And Public Subscription

Conwy Suspension Bridge close to the Toll House, Conwy, United Kingdom where they built a bridge (1822-1826)