SJ6703 : Iron Bridge

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

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Iron Bridge
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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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 6724 0339 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:37.6363N 2:29.1249W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 6729 0339
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