In a year that has involved a pitifully small amount of cycling it was, perhaps. a little rash to consider riding out to Craigellachie Bridge on a wet and windy day. It was my arms and neck that suffered most though, I must admit, my legs did stop working about five miles from home. The mission was to see Craigellachie Bridge, a creation of the master engineer, Thomas Telford; one of the several notable Scottish engineers who include James Watt and the Stevenson family.
The bridge was built during the period 1812 to 1814 with the iron work being made by William Hazeldine at the Plas Kynaston Iron Foundry which incorprorated a steam powered beam engine which had recently been invented by James Watt. The castings would have started their journey on the Ellesmere Canal and ended up being carried by horse and cart from Speymouth. The team of Telford and Hazeldine also made the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which I Blipped back in February, and The Ironbridge which I didn’t.
Three fantastic monuments to three fantastic nineteenth century engineers.
As a footnote, the bridge was restored in 1963/4
I have just posted yesterday's, "Cullen Sands."