SJ6703 : The Iron Bridge

taken 7 years ago, near to Ironbridge, Telford And Wrekin, Great Britain

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The Iron Bridge
The Iron Bridge
The famous Iron Bridge crosses the River Severn at the Ironbridge Gorge, by the village of Ironbridge.

It was the first arch bridge in the world to be made out of cast iron, a material which was previously far too expensive to use for large structures. However, new blast furnaces nearby lowered the cost and so encouraged local engineers and architects to solve a long-standing problem of a crossing over the river.

The bridge was opened on New Year's Day 1781. It was designated as an ancient monument in 1934 when vehicular traffic was barred; tolls for pedestrians still were collected until 1950 LinkExternal link (Wikipedia).

The Iron Bridge is a popular tourist attraction and part of the UNESCO Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. It is a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument LinkExternal link.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 9 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 14 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Construction, Development 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 6723 0340 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:37.6417N 2:29.1338W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 6717 0342
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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River Severn  Grade I Listed  18th Century  Eighteenth Century  Bridge  Iron  Scheduled Ancient Monument  UNESCO Heritage Site 

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