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James Brindley (1716-1772)

18th Century

This is an oil painting of James Brindley one of the most notable engineers of the 18th century.

James Brindley is best known for his engineering work on canals. Along with Francis Egerton The 3rd Duke of Bridgewater and fellow engineer John Gilbert he was behind the building of the Bridgewater Canal. One of the most impressive features of this canal system was the Barton Aqueduct which took the canal over the River Irwell.

The Bridgewater Canal was opened on 17th July 1761 and was the first canal in Britain to be built without following an existing watercourse. It was used as a model for many canal networks that followed.