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The Cliffton Bridge August 9, 2014

Posted by anagasto in history.
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This work has been released into the public domain by its author, Arpingstone. This applies worldwide according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_era#mediaviewer/File:Clifton.bridge.arp.750pix.jpg.

What is  riveting about this photo is  the  size of  its towers which explains how a bridge of this kind is designed and built. At first, the towers on either side  look like some Egyptian monument.
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Designed in the early 19th century for light horse drawn traffic, it still meets the demands of 21st century commuter traffic with 11-12,000 motor vehicles crossing it every day.

The toll for motor vehicles and motor cycles to cross the bridge is £1. There is no charge for pedestrians and cyclists.

The construction of the bridge was financed  by Bristol wine merchant who left a legacy to build it.

The contest for the design was won by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He was 24 years old, and it was his first major commission.

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This photo was published by two people specialized in hypnosis at http://www.bristolhypnosis.org.uk/.

Seen from a little distance the bridge now looks light and  elegant, almost like the work of a spider.

I wonder what a spider would think of it. It might feel envious, but maybe it would  think “This guy has yet a lot to learn”.

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