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Yorkshire’s Legendary “Blind Jack” Metcalf, Extraordinary Road Builder

What do you know of  Yorkshire’s legendary hero, “Blind Jack (John Metcalf)”? JOHN METCALF was born at Knaresborough, on the 15 August, 1717 in a thatched cottage opposite Knaresborough Castle. Metcalf was considered a a pioneer in road construction. Between … Continue reading

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Regency Celebrity: John Loudon McAdam, Bringing Progress Through Road Improvements: Macadamisation

John Loudon McAdam (21 September 1756 – 26 November 1836) was a Scottish engineer and road-builder. He invented a new process, “macadamisation,” for building roads with a smooth hard surface that would be more durable and less muddy than soil-based … Continue reading

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