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|Clifton Suspension Bridge - Facts|
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|Architect||Isambard Kingdom Brunel|
|Date||1836 to 1864|
|Building Type||Bridge, engineering structure|
|Construction System||suspension span|
|Notes||Spans 702 feet across Avon Gorge on reused iron chains.|
|Discussion||Clifton Suspension Bridge Commentary |
"The Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a versatile and imaginative engineer, was carried out contrary to the recommendation of Thomas Telford (1757-1834) who, as a result of the near destruction of his recently-built Menai Suspension Bridge (1819-26) by crosswinds, doubted the advisability of erecting a suspension bridge of this size in such an exposed position. The principal span of 214 m (702 ft) seems even more daring because of the 76 m (250 ft) deep gorge. It was characteristic of the period that Brunel sought to match the grandeur of the setting with a noble design, and the pylons (which were to have had sphinxes and hieroglyphic decoration) were of Egyptian inspiration. The bridge was delayed for lack of funds and was completed after Brunel's death using chains from another of his works, the Hungerford Suspension Bridge, London (1841-5)."
Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. p1107.