This bridge is recognized as the first iron bridge in the world. This rural region of England was an important industrial area thanks to coal deposits near the surface. In 1776 the nearest bridge that enabled people and goods to pass over the River Severn was two miles away at Buildwas. There was a ferry crossing, but the trip was difficult and dangerous especially in winter. In 1776, an Act to build a bridge to remedy this situation received Royal Assent.
Darby III, Abraham
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: BridgesEra: 1750-1799DateCreated: 1779Coalbrookdale-IronbridgeZip: TF8 7ALCountry: UKWebsite: http://www.asce.org/project/iron-bridge/Creator: Darby III, Abraham
Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia/JasonjsmithEra_date_from: 1779