Re­pair work starts on world’s first iron bridge

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS -

VI­TAL re­pair work is start­ing on the world’s first iron bridge in a £3.6 mil­lion project to con­serve “one of the won­ders of the mod­ern world”, English Her­itage said.

The Iron Bridge was erected in 1779 over the River Sev­ern in Shrop­shire, in the “cra­dle of the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion”, the first sin­gle span arch bridge in the world to be made of cast iron and mark­ing a turn­ing point de­scribed as the “great-great grand­fa­ther” of to­day’s rail­ways and sky­scrapers.

Sur­veys have shows the Iron Bridge is under threat from crack­ing due to stresses in the iron­work dat­ing from the orig­i­nal con­struc­tion, ground move­ment over the cen­turies and an earth­quake in the 19th cen­tury which pushed the two sides of the gorge it spans closer to­gether.

Spe­cial­ist con­ser­va­tors work­ing for English Her­itage be­gin vi­tal re­pair work on Iron Bridge, over the River Sev­ern in Shrop­shire in Bri­tish en­gi­neer­ing. As work starts to pre­serve the Iron Bridge, whose iron­work is now crack­ing, English Her­itage...

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