John Rennie

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John Rennie (1761-1821) John Rennie was born in Phantassie near East Linton, East Lothian, in 1761, and was to become one of the greatest engineers of his generation. From an early age he began working for the esteemed millwright Andrew Meikle, a fellow Scot who invented the threshing machine, an agricultural device which separated husks from the grain. Having studied at Edinburgh University Rennie...

Old Southwark Bridge

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In May, 1811, a Bill was passed for the erection of a new bridge to cross the Thames about a quarter of a mile west of London Bridge, and to be known as Southwark Bridge. The work was undertaken by a private company, and the cost stated to have been about £800,000, though it would appear from contemporary records to have been considerably less. The architect, John Rennie, F.R.S. (who afterwards built...