Bill de Vigier and the famous Bailey Bridge

Discussion in 'WW2 Museums. Events, & places to see.' started by Kuno, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. Kuno

    Kuno Very Senior Member

    William de Vigier, who died on December 20 aged 91, was the Swiss-born inventor of the Acrow prop.

    Arriving in London in 1935 with £50 in his pocket, Bill de Vigier set up a small workshop under Bow arches in the East End making steel props which were adjustable for length by means of a robust screw thread. His ingenious design was at first too revolutionary for a trade which had relied wastefully since time immemorial on wooden pole scaffolding, sawn to fit each use; for three months no builder would listen to him, but eventually a small number - among them the firm of Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons - began to buy his product.

    The full article can be found here:

    William de Vigier - Telegraph
  2. Kuno

    Kuno Very Senior Member

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