• Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

    Image ID
    FOT600690
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    7.7 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    5051 x 3381 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    428 x 286 mm
    16.8 x 11.3 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    Clifton Suspension Bridge Suspension Bridge Clifton Avon Gorge Bristol England UK Isambard Kingdom Brunel engineer toll bridge toll bridge blue sky white cloud stark dramatic IPSV1845 IPSV1811
    Description
    The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world. Its story began in 1754 with the dream of a Bristol wine merchant who left a legacy to build a bridge over the Gorge. The first competition in 1829 was judged by Thomas Telford, the leading civil engineer of the day. Telford rejected all the designs and submitted his own but the decision to declare him the winner was unpopular and a second competition was held in 1830. 24 year old Isambard Kingdom Brunel was eventually declared the winner and appointed project engineer – his first major commission. The foundation stone was laid in 1831 but the project was dogged with political and financial difficulties and by 1843, with only the towers completed, the project was abandoned. Brunel died prematurely aged 53 yrs in 1859 but the Bridge was completed as his memorial and finally opened in 1864. Designed in the early 19th century for light horse drawn traffic it still meets the demands of 21st century commuter traffic with 11-12, 000 motor vehicles crossing it every day.
    Uploader
    David John Carton
    Contributor
    David John Carton
    Date Taken
    2008-04-13
    Uploaded on
    2009-07-24
    Collection
    Bristol Images
    Category
    Architecture
    Sub Category
    Bridges
    Setting
    Outdoor
    Point of view
    Above camera
    People
    Without people
    Dominant colour
    #104060