Film: 3813

History | 1960 | Sound | Colour

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Thomas Telford famous architect and builder of roads bridges canals harbours and ports. Many of his works still stand. Parkhead bridge 11 miles South of Edinburgh. Castle and crags bridge, Edinburgh. Dean bridge with number 34 bus registration number LFS 495, with Water of Leith 110 feet below. Craigankie and Iron bridge over the River Tay. Center of Stockholm. Busy roundabout outside Houses of Parliament. Exterior of Institute of Civil Engineers,London. Still photograph of Thomas Telford. Potted history of Telford's life. Born 1757 in Eskdale in Scottish borders. Various shots of countryside in Scottish Borders. Bridge at Langholm where Telford worked. Montage of Scottish castles. Long shot of Edinburgh Castle. Various shots of Georgian architecture in Edinburgh. Somerset House, London. Clock towers in London. Ellesmere Canal. Still of the iron works in Shropshire. Boats pass along the canal. Aqueduct in Wales. Valley of the River Dee. Diagrams of road making techniques employed by Telford in the eighteenth century. Telford designed over 1000 of the bridges in Scotland eg; the bridge over the Tay at Dunkeld. Still photograph or sketch of John Gibb responsible for many Highland bridges, harbours and Dean Bridge in Edinburgh and Broomielaw in Glasgow. Leyland lorry reg number: SE 9551
negotiates the tight bend at the approach of the bridge. Break Water built by Telford at Aberdeen. Harbour at Cullen on the Moray Firth. Caledonia Canal stretching from Inverness to Fort William. Diagram of the detailed plans for this. Boats on the Caledonian Canal. Modern yacht at Banavie near Fort William with Ben Nevis in the background. Three masted training ship negotiates the locks. Map of canal built in 1808 linking Gothenburg with Stockholm. Along the canal is the grave of Count von Trappen. Boats negotiate the locks. Steamer entering Lake Boren. Swedish helicopter is transported by boat. Tongland bridge finished 1805. Birmingham Canal. Welsh Valley. Anglesey. Menai bridge. M1 Motorway.
Comprehensive account of the historical importance of Thomas Telford. Standard documentary presentation.



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