Lives of the Engineers; History of Roads. Metcalfe, Telford. New and REV. Ed. 1879 Volume 3

Lives of the Engineers; History of Roads. Metcalfe, Telford. New and REV. Ed. 1879 Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...and this unusual application of the new material was accomplished with entirely satisfactory results. But Telford s principal employment of cast iron was in the construction of road bridges, in which he proved himself a master. His experience in these structures had become very extensive. During the time that he held the office of surveyor to the county of Salop, he erected no fewer than forty-two, five of which were of iron. Indeed, his success in iron bridge-building so much emboldened him, that in 1801, when Old London Bridge had become so rickety and inconvenient that it was found necessary to take steps to rebuild or remove it, he proposed the daring Letter to Mr. Andrew Little, Langholm, dated Shrewsbury, 18th Murob, 1795. plan of a cast iron bridge of a single arch of not less than 600 feet span, the segment of a circle 1450 feet in diameter. In preparing this design wo find that he was associated with a Mr. Douglas, to whom many allusions are made in his private letters. The design of this bridge seems to have arisen out of a larger project for the improvement of the port of London. In & private letter of Telford's, dated the 13th May, 1800, he says: --"I have twice attended the Select Committee on the Port of London, Lord Hawkesbury, Chairman. The subject has now been agitated for four years, and might have been so for many more, if Mr. Pitt had not taken the business out of the hands of the General Committee, and got it referred to a Select Committee. Last year they recommended that a system of docks should be formed in a large bend of the river opposite Greenwich, called the Isle of Dogs with a canal across the neck of the bend. This part of the contemplated improvements is already commenced, and is proceeding as rapidly as more

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