William Hazledine

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William Hazledine
Born Waters Upton, Shropshire, England
Died Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
Spouse(s) Miss Brayne
Engineering career
Discipline Ironmaster
Structural engineer
Projects Chirk Aqueduct
Menai Bridge

William Hazledine (1763 in Waters Upton, Shropshire – 26 October 1840 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire) was a pioneering English Ironmaster whose talent for casting structural ironwork helped to realise the designs of engineers such as Thomas Telford and architects including Henry Goodridge and Charles Bage. Hazledine's expertise in manufacturing and testing large iron castings was critical to the success of these pioneering projects.


Hazledine grew up in a rural setting and was trained as a millwright. Through a family connection, he took a senior position in a local forge and later set up in business with a partner. After that partnership was dissolved, Hazledine set up a number of foundries supplying large structural castings, notably at Coleham, Shrewsbury, and Plas Kynaston, (Cefn Mawr). In their time, these were among the most important centres of iron-bridge building expertise in Britain. Some of his work was for projects by Thomas Telford, also a friend.[1]

He served as Mayor of Shrewsbury for 1835–36.[1]

Three brothers of William Hazledine were the founders in about 1792 of Hazledine and Company, an ironworks in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.


Hazledine's legacy is a range of spectacular structures including:


In Coleham, "Hazeldine (sic) Crescent" and "Hazledine Court" were named for him, as were "Hazledine Way", part of Shrewsbury's later 20th century inner ring road, linking Reabrook housing estate to Meole Brace.[1]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ a b c [1] Shrewsbury Local History website.