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Iron Bridge, Exeter
North Street, Exeter, Devon, UK
Iron Bridge, Exeter
associated engineer
Russell & Brown
date  1834 - 1836
UK era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SX916927
ICE reference number  HEW 981
photo  PHEW
A cast iron road viaduct designed in the 1830s to reduce the gradient of Exeter's North Street as it came down the hill to the Longbrook junction.
The bridge has six spans of 40ft, each with six cast iron arch ribs made in two pieces. The arches spring from cross girders supported on cast iron columns.
The gradient of the bridge is 1:20, falling to the north-west. It is 26ft wide and its upper level was made of cast iron plate. This was covered with concrete in 1909, which was in turn replaced with reinforced concrete in 1984-85.
The ironwork designed by Russel & Brown of Worcester was fabricated at the Blaina ironworks and shipped from Newport to Exter Basin. The masonry abutments were built by Thomas Whitaker.
reference sources   CEH South

Iron Bridge, Exeter