Papers of part of the surviving business archive, or relating to the work, of Thomas Telford (1757-1834), engineer. Edit




  • 1795-1838, undated. (Creation)


  • 10 Volumes (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, Sotheby's sale, 22 June 1976, lot 158. Folio 83, bought, 1976, Maggs Bros Limited, London, catalogue 977, number 151. Folio 89, bought, 1972, Francis Edwards, Limited, London, Bulletin number 2, item 199.

  • Custodial History

    With the exception of two letters (MS.19972, folios 83, 89), the papers were preserved in the family of John Rickman, the statistician.

  • Arrangement

    The papers are arranged by undertaking.

  • Scope and Contents

    The papers consist of business correspondence, draft reports, accounts and other papers relating to Thomas Telford's professional activities for the last decade of his life, as well as correspondence and some drafts relating to the 'Life of Thomas Telford civil engineer' itself. The business papers relate mainly to Scottish undertakings and to harbours, canals and Fen drainage, with some personal and professional accounts. The collection is roughly half of the material which survived in John Rickman's hands; the other half, consisting primarily of English material, especially relating to the Holyhead Road.

  • Bibliography

    John Rickman edited and published the 'Life of Thomas Telford Civil Engineer, written by himself' (London, 1838).

  • Separated Materials

    The final manuscript of the 'Life of Thomas Telford Civil Engineer, written by himself', is now with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.