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Brandy Wharf Bridge
Brandy Wharf, Lincolnshire, UK
Brandy Wharf Bridge
associated engineer
Sir John Rennie
date  1831
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  TF013970
ICE reference number  HEW 1712
photo  PHEW
A single-span cast iron road bridge across the New River Ancholme, designed by John Rennie as part of the River Ancholme Drainage Scheme.
Rennie's design features five cast iron ribs forming a 54ft 9in span. The ribs were cast in two pieces and bolted together. They spring from masonry abutments and are connected to each other with spacer tubes, tie rods and diagonal cross bracing.
Subsequently the cast iron ribs were permanently deformed, reputedly by the weight of a World War I experimental trenching machine. The local County Council strengthened the bridge in 1988 by inserting arched steeel beams in between the ribs, so the ribs no long take the weight of the traffic. The cast iron plate deck was replaced with reinforced concrete at this time too.
reference sources   CEH E&C
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Brandy Wharf Bridge