William Hazeldine(1763-1840), Ironfounder
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William Hazeldine trained initially as a millwright, but soon changed to become an iron-founder. He first came to prominence in 1796-7 when he cast the world's first iron-framed building, Ditherington flax mill at Shrewsbury, constructed to the designs of Charles Bage. Hazeldine had met Thomas Telford in 1788 and in around 1800 the two men began working on the great aqueduct at Pontcysyllte. Hazeldine went on to found the most important iron-bridge building firm in Britain at the time. Telford's groundbreaking design for the three-span Bonar Bridge in Scotland was a breakthrough in engineering, and the pair made six more such bridges.