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Iron Bridge

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Iron Bridge
Ironbridge 6.jpg
The Iron Bridge
Coordinates 52°37′38″N 2°29′08″W / 52.6273°N 2.48542°W / 52.6273; -2.48542Coordinates: 52°37′38″N 2°29′08″W / 52.6273°N 2.48542°W / 52.6273; -2.48542[1]
Carriespedestrian traffic
CrossesRiver Severn
LocaleIronbridge Gorge near Coalbrookdale
Characteristics
Designcast iron arch bridge
Total length60 metres (200 ft)
Longest span30.5 metres (100 ft)
Clearance below18 metres (59 ft)
History
Construction start1775
Construction end1779
Opened1781-01-01

The Iron Bridge was the first arch bridge in the world to be made out of cast iron.[2]

The bridge crosses the River Severn at the Ironbridge Gorge, by the village of Ironbridge, in Shropshire, England.

It is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[2] It is maintained by English Heritage who launched a crowdfunding campaign in 2017 to support a conservation project which began in 2018.[3] As well as repairing rusted parts of the bridge, it was painted red to match a painting from 1777 showing how the Iron Bridge looked soon after it was finished.[4]

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  1. National Heritage List for England.
  2. 2.0 2.1 UNESCO, "Ironbridge Gorge"; retrieved 2012-4-25.
  3. "English Heritage's first ever crowd funder raises final total of £47,545 to support vital conservation of the Iron Bridge | English Heritage". www.english-heritage.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  4. Growcott, Mat. "Back to the future as Iron Bridge set to return to its original red". www.shropshirestar.com. Retrieved 2018-09-02.

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Media related to The Iron Bridge at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 52°37′35″N 2°28′22″W / 52.62639°N 2.47278°W / 52.62639; -2.47278