SH5571 : Menai Suspension Bridge

taken 4 years ago, near to Menai Bridge, Isle of Anglesey/Sir Ynys Mon, Great Britain

Menai Suspension Bridge
Menai Suspension Bridge
Viewed from the shore of Church Island.
Menai Suspension Bridge
Designed by Thomas Telford and completed in 1826, it was the only road link between Anglesey and the mainland (and an essential component of the London - Holyhead route, with its onward links to Ireland) until the completion of the road deck on the nearby Pont Britannia in 1980. One requirement was that it should have sufficient clearance above the water to allow high masted Royal Navy ships to pass through at high tide.

The towers were built of limestone from which were suspended 16 wrought iron chains cables. Over the years it has undergone various changes to be able to handle greater loads, including the replacement of the chain cables with steel ones in 1938-40.

Although long distance traffic now uses the Pont Britannia, the bridge still serves an important role in linking Menai Bridge with Bangor.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 28 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 7 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Coastal  Roads, Road transport 
Place (from Tags)
Menai Strait  Church Island 
Person (from Tags)
Thomas Telford 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 556 714 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:13.2039N 4:9.7837W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 551 716
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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