James Brindley

(1716—1772) civil engineer

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Brindley, an engineer, was born in Derbyshire and set up as millwright at Leek in Staffordshire. In 1759 he was put in charge of the duke of Bridgwater's canal between Worsley and Manchester. Brindley subsequently supervised the building of a number of canals, including the Liverpool to Manchester, opened in 1767; the Trent and Mersey, 140 miles long and involving a 2,880‐yard tunnel at Harecastle; and the Staffordshire and Worcester.

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