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Birthplace of James Brindley
Tunstead, Buxton, Derbyshire
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James Brindley
date  1716
era  Georgian  |  category  Birthplace of Engineer  |  reference  SK065740
Tunstead, near Buxton, is the birthplace of James Brindley (1716-72), first engineer of the British Canal system. By the time he died, his network of canals measured over 365 miles in total length.
Brindley, who was never more than semi-literate, began his career repairing and improving industrial machinery. In 1759 he constructed his first canal to carry coal from the mines at Worsley into Manchester. His best known projects include the Bridgewater Canal (between Manchester and Liverpool) and the Grand Trunk Canal (between Trent and Mersey).
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Birthplace of James Brindley