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Feel sheepish?


The article on Thomas Telford (NCE 11 January) was welcome, but I was disappointed that there was no reference to his works in the north of England.

Left out, for example, were Telford's bridge at Morpeth over the River Wansbeck, located on the old A1, and his 43 churches built in the Scottish Highlands for the benefit of fishermen, for whom he built many harbours, both on the mainland and islands.

The church on Iona is actually within a stone's throw of the abbey. Most of these churches included a manse of either single or two-storey construction.

Unfortunately many of the churches with their adjoining manse are no longer used for worship, but have been converted into houses or for the sale of local products, and at least one is a shelter for sheep!

For those who wish to learn more of this side of Telford's life and work may I recommend Telford's Highlands Churches by Allan Maclean, published by the Society of West Highlands & Island Historical Research, Breacachadh Castle, Isle of Coll, Argyll.

JW Hall (M), john.wh@tiscali. co. uk

Editor's note: If you have a favourite Telford work, don't forget to enter the Telford 250 Writing Challenge. Send us 500 words (and no more) on the Telford subject of your choice and you could win £250 and see your words published.

Visit www. nceplus. co. uk for details. Closing date for entries is 5 February.

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