Thomastelford
Thomastelford
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 10 plaques

Photo of Galton Bridge, Thomas Telford, and Samuel Galton white plaque
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Photo of Thomas Telford blue plaque
Elliott Brown on Flickr
Photo of Old Turn Junction, James Brindley, and Thomas Telford black plaque
Elliott Brown on Flickr
Photo of Thomas Telford brushed metal plaque
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Photo of Thomas Telford blue plaque
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Photo of Thomas Telford black plaque
Michael W Beales BEM on Geograph
Photo of Thomas Telford blue plaque
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Photo of Thomas Telford black plaque
Dave Fergusson on Geograph
Photo of Thomas Telford plaque
Richard Dorrell on Geograph
Photo of Thomas Telford bronze plaque
Nick Harrison on Flickr