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Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge

General Information

Structural Type: Chain suspension bridge
Function / usage: Road bridge
Built: 1836 - 1864
Status: in use

Geographic Information & Related Structures

Location: Bristol, South West England, England, United Kingdom, Europe
  • Avon
Coordinates: 0° 0' 0.00"    0° 0' 0.00"

Technical Information


main span 214.05 m
total length 412 m
tower height 26 m
clearance 75 m
weight 1 500 t


chains wrought iron


27 August 1836

First stone is laid in a big ceremony.


Hungerford chain suspension bridge is demolished, the chains are reused later in the construction of the Clifton bridge.

18 December 1864



Clifton Bridge would have been the longest-spanning bridge if it had been completed soon after it was designed, but for financial reasons it was not put into service until 1864. Brunel never saw this bridge finished, he passed away before the funding problems were resolved. An alternative design by Thomas Telford would have had the same span as the Menai Straits Bridge.


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Internal Information
Structure-ID: 20000018
Created: 28/10/1998
Last Updated: 28/07/2014