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Filename: aa98_04333.jpg

Size: 4317 x 4364 (7.8MB)

Date: 29th January 2010

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Phtographer

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Clifton Suspension Bridge a98_04333

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Clifton, Bristol. View of the Clifton Suspension Bridge seen from the river bank below. It was designed in the 1830s and was originally intended entirely for horse-drawn carriages. It was completed in 1864 to designs by I K Brunel, and reused the links from Brunels Hungerford Suspension Bridge in London which was demolished in 1861. Photographed by Eric de Mare in 1954

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> Architecture > Victorian Architecture

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > Eric de Mare Collection (1955-1980)

> Historic Images > Historic Images 1900s - 1910s

> Towns and Cities > Bristol

> Transport > Bridges


EDITORS COMMENTS
This photograph, titled "Clifton Suspension Bridge, Clifton, Bristol," showcases the timeless beauty of one of the most iconic structures in Victorian engineering: the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Taken by renowned photographer Eric de Mare in 1954, the image depicts the bridge as seen from the river bank below, with the Avon River gently flowing beneath. Designed in the 1830s, the Clifton Suspension Bridge was originally intended for use solely by horse-drawn carriages. However, its grandeur and engineering prowess far surpassed the needs of the time. The bridge was not completed until 1864, under the designs of the brilliant Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Brunel's masterpiece reused the links from his earlier Hungerford Suspension Bridge in London, which was demolished in 1861. The image captured by de Mare offers a glimpse into the past, with the bridge standing proudly against the backdrop of a bygone era. The people in the photograph, dressed in clothing typical of the 1950s, add a sense of scale and context to the image. The bridge's intricate suspension cables and elegant towers are accentuated by the reflection on the river, creating a breathtaking scene that continues to captivate viewers to this day. This photograph is a testament to the enduring allure of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the visionary mind of its designer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It is a reminder of the rich history and engineering marvels that have shaped our world, and a reminder of the beauty that can be found in the intersection of the past and the present.

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