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© Mrs Joy Roddy LRPS

IoE Number: 379208
Photographer: Mrs Joy Roddy LRPS
Date Photographed: 13 October 1999
Date listed: 08 January 1959
Date of last amendment: 08 January 1959
Grade I

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BRISTOLST5673SECLIFTON DOWN, Clifton901-1/7/750Clifton Suspension Bridge

BRISTOL ST5673SE CLIFTON DOWN, Clifton 901-1/7/750 Clifton Suspension Bridge 08/01/59 I Suspension bridge. Designed 1829-31. By IK Brunel. Started 1836, stopped 1840 when the pylons were completed, resumed 1861 and completed 1864 by J Hawkshaw and WH Barlow. Red sandstone ashlar abutments with Pennant walls, squared Pennant rubble pylons with limestone dressings, and wrought-iron chains. Massive square abutments support pylons with battered fronts and backs, canted half-way up the sides, to deep coved cornices; segmental-arched vehicle arches with parabolic arches above, the E pylon has narrow pointed-arched side openings. Triple chains alternately support cables to timber deck with cast-iron lattice railings, and extend back to anchor points at each end. HISTORICAL NOTE: work was abandoned on Brunel's competition-winning entry when the capital was expended, and completed without much of the intended Egyptian decoration after his death had encouraged the raising of the necessary funds, by Hawkshaw and Barlow. The original chains were taken to his Royal Saltash Bridge, and those used came from his earlier but demolished Hungerford Bridge. (Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 343-6; Crick C: Victorian Buildings in Bristol: Bristol: 1975-: 14).

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