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Great Engineers - XI: Sir Hugh Myddelton

IT is remarkable that much of the labour of engineers has been in connection with water. Some of the greatest works of engineering of the past were the giant aqueducts built by the Romans. To irrigate land and to bring water to cities for human use-these are surely the most beneficent of all the accomplishments which are set to the credit of engineers. In a previous chapter of this series it was described how Brindley exercised his talents in the making of canals. Myddelton, however, who worked at a period even earlier than that of Brindley, was set an even more difficult task, for it fell to him to create a water-way not for traffic by barges, but with the purpose of providing water for the ordinary use of the inhabitants of London, and his main title to fame is that he cut “The New River.” (See illustrations 1 and 2.) A. Trystan Edwards