Sir Hugh Myddelton Knight & Baronet.The famous Aqueduct call'd the New River was performed at his Charge...
[London, c.1722, later.]
Engraving. 375 x 280mm (14¾ x 11").
Sir Hugh Myddelton (1560-1631), goldsmith and entrepreneur. Early in the seventeenth century Myddelton became involved in the successful project to bring a supply of water to London, which was still the most important source of piped water into the metropolis two hundred years later. In 1605 an act of parliament was obtained to bring water from springs near Hertford to north London (a distance of nearly forty miles), as surveyed by the mathmatician Edward Wright (1561-1615, famed for his correction of Mercator's Projection). Myddelton's involvement is not recorded until 1609, when he took the lead in the project which was completed in 1613. The establishment of the New River was Myddelton's main claim to fame, and he was involved with the running of the company for the rest of his life, although he was also involved in mining and land draining projects.
Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd. Alexander: 962.
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