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Signs of the times

TWENTY SIGNPOSTS commemorating Thomas Telford's work on building what is now designated the A5 trunk road from Chirk to Llandegai were unveiled last week by Professor Roland Paxton of Heriot-Watt University, chairman of the ICE's historic structures panel.

The brown signs, commissioned by the Welsh Office, depict a coach and four horses in celebration of the fact that on completion in 1830 after 15 years' work the new road enabled carriages to travel at ten miles an hour. They describe the road as Llwybr hanesyddol, Historic route. The road reduced the time taken for the Irish Mail to travel from Holyhead to London by 13 hours.

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