Wearmouth Bridge (1796)

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    "ntil the Wearmouth iron bridge (now demolished) was built at Sunderland in 1796, ferries were the only way to cross the River Wear downstream of Chester-le-Street. It was constructed using small cast iron elements held together with wrought iron ties, unlike the world’s first cast iron bridge at Coalbrookdale (1779-81), which has much larger castings and shares many features with timber bridge design. The bridge's location, between Monkwearmouth and Bishopwearmouth, where the river runs deep near the south bank, was chosen so that vessels were not at risk of grounding. The bridge had to be high enough that 305 tonne ships could pass beneath it without lowering their masts. Many prominent engineers of the time were involved with the design....."
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    Link: http://www.engineering-timelines.com/scripts/engineeringItem.asp?id=1131
    Resource type: Text/Website
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 5 years, 4 months ago
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