The genius of Thomas Telford.
Pulteneytown in Wick is one of Thomas Telford's most remarkable creations. It was built for the British Fishery Society and intended to give homes and livelihoods to those disposed by the Clearances. It was named after Sir William Pulteney, governor of the British Fishery Society. Pulteneytown is a planned industrial fishing port which Telford, perhaps the most celebrated engineer of his day, designed to improve the size of the herring catch. Telford was both architect and engineer on the project and took care to give people good housing and working conditions. Here Jenny Bruce speaks about the genius that was Thomas Telford. This is story is brought to you courtesy of our friends at the Wick Voices project, part of Wick Society and you can learn more about both Pulteneytown and the herring fishing industry in the society's museum.
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