The Story of Telford, by Sir Alexander Gibb, Alexander Maclehose & Co, 1935 [ebook]


Hard cover book, blue library binding, 8.5”x 5.75”, pp.340, 31 B&W illustrations, three maps, chronology of “life and times”, List of princpal works pp32, bibliography 12pp.


Thomas Telford FRS, FRSE, (9 August 1757 – 2 September 1834) the son of a shepherd, was a stone mason, civil engineer and architect.He built numerous roads, bridges and canals, harbours, tunnels and even churches. After establishing himself as an engineer of road and canal projects in Shropshire, he designed mnny infrastructure projects in his native Scotland, and in England.. 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 788Institutional Of Civil Engineers.F

Brigadier General Sir Alexander Gibb GBE,GCB,FRS, FRSE (12 February 1872 – 21 January 1958) and born in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, the son of the civil engineer, Alexander Easton Gibb He was the great-grandson of John Gibb, an early member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was educated in Dundee, Beckenham, and Rugby before going on to Universnty College, London, which he left after a year to become articled to the prominent civil engineers John Wolfe Barry and Henry Marc Brunel. Having completed his training, he became resident engineer on the Whitrchapel and Bow extension of the Metropolitan District Railway extension before joining his father’s company Easton Gibb & Son, in 1900. Contracts at the firm included the construction of Rosyth Naval Dockyard. In the Great War Gibb served as Civil Engineer-in-Chief to the Admiralty and Director-General of Civil Engineering at the Ministry of Transport, he thenestablished the engineering consultancy firm Sir Alexander Gibb and partners.

Gibb was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1936 and was elected President of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1937/8.




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