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General Information

Beginning of works: 27 August 1836
Completion: 18 December 1864
Status: in use

Project Type

Structure: Chain suspension bridge
Support conditions:
Function / usage: Road bridge
Material: Iron bridge
Structurae Plus
Plan view: Structurae Plus

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Location

Location: , , ,
Crosses:
  • Avon
Coordinates: 51° 27' 18" N    2° 37' 40.01" W
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Technical Information

Dimensions

main span 214.05 m
total length 412 m
clearance 75 m
weight 1 500 t
height above valley floor or water 101 m
pylons height 26 m

Materials

chains wrought iron
pylons masonry
abutments masonry

Chronology

27 August 1836

First stone is laid in a big ceremony.

1860

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

18 December 1864

Inauguration

Notes

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.

Participants

Owner
Design
Participant in construction
Steel connections

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  • About this
    data sheet
  • Structure-ID
    20000018
  • Published on:
    28/10/1998
  • Last updated on:
    24/02/2022