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Coalport Bridge
River Severn, Coalport, Shropshire
Coalport Bridge
associated engineer
Not known
date  1818
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SJ700021
ICE reference number  HEW 422
photo  Jane Joyce
This is one of the oldest cast iron bridges still carrying traffic and is a scheduled ancient monument. Its five cast iron ribs span 103ft across the River Severn.
The first bridge on this site was built in 1780. It had two timber arches springing from masonry abutments and a central pier. The pier was removed in 1799 and the timberwork replaced with three cast iron arch ribs crossing the river in one span. The road deck and parapets were of timber.
In 1817, the centre rib fractured and John Onions of Broseley rebuilt the bridge the following year using some of the existing arch ribs. He increased the number of ribs to five and this is the bridge we can see today.
reference sources   CEH W&W

Coalport Bridge