Repair work starts on world’s first iron bridge
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 revealed a one million euro (£880,000) donation from a German foundation towards the restoration project.
The charity, which looks after the bridge, is also launching a crowdfunding campaign to help save the structure, which it
With major scaffolding in place around the bridge, English Heritage will clean, conserve, repair and where necessary reinforce the iron radials and braces holding it together, deck plates and wedges and the main iron arch.
People who want to donate to the campaign can do so at: http:// www.crowdfunder.co.uk/projectiron-bridge