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Darby cast a 30 metre long bridge in his foundry at Coalbrookdale, using 378 tons of iron in the process. Far from modern mass-production, the bridge sections were each individually cast, and differ from each other noticeably. Since the bridge was a manufacturing first, no one really knew how the pieces should be fitted together, so traditional woodworking joints were used.
The bridge cost over £6000, a very large sum for the times. Iron Bridge was officiallly opened to traffic on New Years Day, 1781. It remained in constant use until 1934. The bridge was then refurbished and strengthened to ensure its longevity.
More than just a utilitarian industrial design, Iron Bridge is a thing of beauty, with slender lines and a network of iron braces creating an effect almost like lace in places. It deserves its place as one of the great engineering milestones.
About Iron Bridge
Address: Ironbridge, Shropshire, England, TF8 7JP
Attraction Type: Historic Building - Bridge
Location: Off the A4169 at the north end of Brdge Street. Open access site.
Website: Iron Bridge
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Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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