Thomas Brassey was born in Buerton, Cheshire, England back in 1805. He was educated at home until he was 12, after which he was sent to The King’s School in Chester. When he was 16 he apprenticed to a land surveyor. He helped survey the Shrewsbury to Holyhead road.
It was while working on the construction of 4 miles of the New Chester Road at Bromborough that he had his first experience about civil engineering. One of his few disasters happened in 1846, he built a viaduct that was 100’ tall. The contract stipulated that he use local brick, why it collapsed is still not known but he rebuilt it using bricks he chose, the structure still stands to this day. I could go on and on but my-self-imposed 200-word limit is almost here.
What you may not know about Thomas is that he was also into building railways. By 1847, he had built about one-third of the railways in Britain. At the time of his death in 1870, he had built one in every twenty miles of railway in the world. He also built part of the London sewage system that is still in operation to this day.
Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile