Category Archives: Historic Bridges

Trinity Bridge and Bridge of the Month

Bill Harvey has been doing a monthly report on historical bridges for many years, but recent issues have the added interest of interactive 3D models of the selected bridges. The Trinity Bridge at Crowland in South Lincolnshire is an excellent … Continue reading

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The Gladesville Bridge is 50

The Gladesville Bridge in Sydney is much less well known than the steel arch bridge just up-river, but in many ways the methods used in its design and construction were more innovative, and at the time of its completion it … Continue reading

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An old bridge in Palermo and pointed arches

The Ponte dell’ Ammiraglio (Admiral’s Bridge) in Palermo, Sicily, built from 1125-1135 (or 1113, according to the Italian Wikipedia), is one of the oldest surviving post-Roman era arch bridges in Europe.  The bridge has been restored and surrounded by a … Continue reading

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Rain, Steam and Speed

Joseph Mallord William Turner and Isambard Kingdom Brunel were the leading British practitioners in their respective fields in the 19th Century.  Their works came together in Turner’s painting “Rain, Steam and Speed”, which depicts Brunel’s Maidenhead Railway Bridge over the … Continue reading

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Bridges Over the Tiber -3

See Bridges Over the Tiber -1 for location map. The final installment of Bridges Over the Tiber brings us to the six bridges built in the 20 th Century, which can be grouped in three pairs: two copies of the ancient … Continue reading

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Bridges Over the Tiber -2

See the previous post for location map. Following the construction of the Ponte Sisto in 1473 no more new bridges were built over the Tiber in Rome until 1885, then six were built (or at least started) in six years, seven if … Continue reading

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Bridges over the Tiber – 1

The tourist map of Rome shows 17 bridges over the River Tiber in the central district, dating from 140 BC to 1981.  For those in Rome it makes a pleasant day’s stroll to visit each one, but for those who can’t … Continue reading

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