Thomas Telford black plaque in Market Drayton

Corbet Arms This hotel, originally a 17th Century coaching inn was known as "The Talbot" until 1825. Thomas Telford stayed here in 1832 during the building of teh nearby canal. An important town meeting place, in 1862 it was the scene of the inauguration of the Nantwich and Market Drayton Railway.

Thomas Telford FRS, FRSE (1757–1834) was a Scottish civil engineer, architect and stonemason, and a noted road, bridge and canal builder. After establishing himself as an engineer of road and canal projects in Shropshire, he designed numerous infrastructure projects in his native Scotland, as well as harbours and tunnels. Such was his reputation as a prolific designer of highways and related bridges, he was dubbed The Colossus of Roads, and, reflecting his command of all types of civil engineering in the early 19th century, he was elected as the first President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a post he retained for 14 years until his death.

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