James Brindley and the Duke of Bridgewater
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Disappointed in love, Francis Egerton, the third Duke of Bridgewater, retreated to Lancashire in 1759 to devote himself to canal-building. When his agent introduced him to the 'Staffordshire Schemer' James Brindley, the two men went into business. Drawing upon 18th-century letters, pamphlets, committee minutes and accounts, and illustrated with archive maps and prints, this absorbing book charts the unlikely and at times controversial partnership that would change the face of the nation.