Posts tagged: Thomas Telford

T is for Telford

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron

The trouble with ignorance is that you seldom know what it is you don’t know, or so one of of my childhood teachers taught me. But this is excusable, he said, because no-one knows everything. True ignorance is when what you think you know turns out to be a no-no. (Are you keeping up at the back?)

I was reminded of this a couple of weeks ago when we visited Ironbridge in the town of Telford in Shropshire. It is famous as the site of the world’s first bridge made of iron. It was built in 1779 by Thomas Telford, or so I thought, but I was truly ignorant. Read more ›››