The Iron Bridge crosses the River Severn at the Ironbridge Gorge, by the village of Ironbridge, in Shropshire, England. It was the first arch bridge in the world to be made out of cast iron, a material which was previously far too expensive to use for large structures. However, a new blast furnace nearby lowered the cost and so encouraged local engineers and architects to solve a long-standing problem of a crossing over the river.
The bridge was raised in the summer of 1779, and it was opened on New Year's Day 1781. The initial estimated cost to build the bridge was £3,200; in the end costs escalated to well over £6,000....
Location: Ironbridge, Telfrod
Photographer: Martin J. Bryers.