Brunel: the man who built modern Britain
From awe-inspiring aqueducts to fast, smooth roads, no building project was, it seems, beyond the genius of Thomas Telford. Julian Glover hails an engineer whose achievements arguably outshine those of Brunel
In 1829, two great engineers from two contrasting centuries clashed over the building of one famous bridge. The conflict pitted Thomas Telford (1757–1834) against Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806–59) – the builder of magnificent canals and roads against the creator of the revolutionary Great Western Railway.