Metcalfe - The
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John Metcalfe, a Scot born in 1717,
built about 180 miles of roads in Yorkshire, England (even though he was
blind). His well drained roads were built with three layers: large stones;
excavated road material; and a layer of gravel.
John Metcalfe, 'Blind John of Knaresborough',
built the old Stockport to Mottram turnpike road in 1765 and was paid the
princely sum of £3,200, when he had completed the job.
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