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Series Two: Papers of John Rennie (1761-1821), Thomas Telford (1757-1834) and related figures from the National Library of Scotland

Part 1: Papers of James Watt, Joseph Black, Thomas Telford and John Rennie

This microfilm collection offers material from two of the most important names of the Industrial Revolution, the Scotsmen John Rennie and Thomas Telford. Both were key figures in the development of the roads, bridges and canals that helped transform the British landscape in the 18th and 19th centuries. 

Part 1 is largely devoted to the papers of John Rennie and we include a vast body of original manuscripts describing his work on: 

  • Bridges: including London, Waterloo, Vauxhall and Southwark.
  • Canals: from Aberdeen, to the Grand Junction and Grand Western canals.
  • Fens: papers on all drainage work in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.
  • Harbours: with projects in Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, and the London docks. 
  • Lights: mostly letters of Robert Stevenson on the Bell Rock Lighthouse.
  • Mills: including the Albion Mill. 
  • Steam Engines:detailing his close relationship with Boulton & Watt.
  • Overseas operations: details of sugar mills, harbours, waterworks, and other projects in locations such as the West Indies, Bombay, and Capetown

This part also features manuscript notes recording Joseph Black's lectures on Chemistry and Heat, letters of Telford, Watt and the Brunels, and the 1833 diary of Thomas Telford.

Thames Tunnel Proposal

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