The Iron Bridge is a bridge that crosses the River Severn in Shropshire. Opened in 1781, it was the first major bridge in the world to be made of cast iron, and was greatly celebrated after construction owing to its use of the new material
It’s an astounding leap of creative thinking on the part of those who designed and commissioned it, and quite literally paves a graceful path which has left an indelible mark on design and engineering ever since.
Sadly most of the bridge is covered in wrapping today as part of ongoing restoration and conservation work. However there is a wonderful scale model for those who are curious hidden in the toll house on the south end of the crossing.
What a thing!
I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.
Distance: 1699.8 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
Thanks as ever for all the support!