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Where did you leave that bridge, Isambard?

One of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's first iron bridges has been rescued after being found inside a brick bridge that was being demolished. Spanning the Grand Union Canal, it had been built over and forgotten...


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Mar. 4th, 2004 04:39 am (UTC)
Where are the other "eight surviving Brunel bridges in Britain" (pic #4) and is "A woman working on the rediscovered structure." (pic #5) the lousiest photo caption ?

"I say Isambard, there's a dashed slip of a girl looking at my rivets ! They'll be playing at engineers next."

All I can recall offhand:

  • Clifton suspension (Brissel)
  • Royal Albert (Plymouth)
  • Maidenhead (the flat brick arches)
  • One of the London Thames suspensions ?

  • Do any of the GWR timber viaducts still survive ?
Mar. 4th, 2004 10:40 am (UTC)
I also recall Chepstow Bridge.

There is no surviving Brunel bridge over the Thames in London, but Hungerford railway bridge going into Charing Cross station was built on the site of Brunel's pedestrian suspension bridge from Waterloo to Hungerford Market, and uses the original piers.

Mar. 4th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
Chepstow just has the piers remaining. It's almost on my doorstep.

Another Brunel bridge, even closer to me, is another of his Maidenhead-style flattened brick arches on the approaches to Bristol Temple Meads station.
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