Ironbridge - The Iron Bridge
The world's first cast iron bridge was built across the River Severn in 1779. Constructed by ironmaster Abraham Darby III and developed from a design by Thomas Farnolls Pritchard, a Shrewsbury architect, the bridge provided a link between the north bank of the Severn below the town of Madeley, and Broseley, south of the river.
The bridge has a span of some 30m, with the arch rising to about 15m above river level, allowing for the passage beneath it of a Severn trow without it having to lower its mast. View from the west.
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1 March 1983
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