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The Swing Bridge, Devonport
Royal Dockyard South Yard, Devonport, Plymouth, Devon
associated engineer
Not known
date  1830
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SX447543
ICE reference number  HEW 285
The Swing Bridge crosses the Camber halfway along its length, a little to the south of Devonport's No. 1 Dock. It is a gently arched cast iron structure with a span of approximately 12m and the words “Horseley Ironworks (1838) near Birmingham” cast into its outer rib.
The two moving sections of the bridge were pivoted manually on a series of small wheels set on top of two substantial masonry bases projecting into the Camber. The bridge is 2.6m wide, with a planked walkway supported by four cross-braced iron ribs.
However, the Swing Bridge no longer swings. It is in a fixed position and used only by pedestrians. It's a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Research: ECPK
bibliography
www.plymouthdata.info
reference sources   CEH South
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The Swing Bridge, Devonport