A MAJOR celebration of the life and work of a Denbighshire engineer who brought clean water to London has been held in Ruthin.
400 years ago Sir Hugh Myddleton, local MP, entrepreneur and self-taught engineer, completed London’s first supply of clean drinking water in September 1613.
He was born in Denbigh and but also lived in Ruthin.
Organised by the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators, one of the City of London’s livery companies, the ceremony also marked the election of modern day Ruthin engineer Ivor Richards OBE as its 25th master.
The conservators formed a procession in full regalia into St Peters’ Church for a service led by Bishop of St Asaph, the Right Rev Dr Gregory Cameron on September 5.
Mr Richards said: “Sir Hugh’s New River scheme was one of the most remarkable feats of civil engineering in British history.
“Without it, thousands more Londoners would have died of water-borne disease over the last four centuries.”