The Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge, western Bristol. A magnificent iron and stone triumph over the Avon valley.

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This particular design was by a young I K Brunel, originally rejected with all other candidates by the judge ( Thomas Telford, who knew a few things about bridges ) but finally adopted after a convincing personal speech by Brunel.

Subject to erratic and expensive spurts of construction, Brunel took-over as chief engineer but died before it was completed. After two more attempts it was finally completed under the oversight of his erstwhile colleagues, leading to the appropriate inscription on the western tower.

A suspended way, built with difficulty.

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The view from the bridge is as marvellous as would be expected:

North:

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South:

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... enough to just sit and contemplate.

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