Archive for November 2020

Who Invented the Modern Road Building Techniques?

Towards the end of the eighteenth century, roads developed by the Scottish engineer, Thomas Telford, had included heavy foundations of rock with an arched surface layer of small stones on top. It was a particularly labour-intensive and costly method. However, Telford’s contemporary, John Loudon MacAdam, was about to reveal a revolutionary road surfacing technique that…

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Why Cobblestones are No Longer a Viable Material For Roads

Unlike paving slabs, setts or bricks, cobbles are raw stone lumps that are left in their natural state. Traditional cobble paving looks different from county to county because these roads were constructed using materials available in the local area. Cobbles can still be seen in many UK towns, providing a distinct look that sets the…

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