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Maidenhead Railway Bridge CC97_02735

Maidenhead Railway Bridge CC97_02735


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Filename: cc97_02735.jpg

Size: 4876 x 3881 (9.2MB)

Date: 4th November 2011

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: English Heritage Images

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Maidenhead Railway Bridge CC97_02735

MAIDENHEAD, Berkshire. A view of the graceful arches of Brunels famous bridge as they cross the River Thames, seen here from the Berkshire riverbank. The bridge was built in 1838 to carry the Great Western Railway across the river and tow path. Photographed in 1880 by Henry Taunt

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> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > Henry Taunt Collection (1860-1922)

> Historic Images > The Victorian Age > The 1880s

> Transport > Bridges > Thames bridges

> Transport > Bridges

> Transport > Railways > Viaducts and railway bridges


EDITORS COMMENTS
This photograph, titled CC97_02735, presents a breathtaking view of Maidenhead Railway Bridge in Berkshire, England. Dating back to 1880, the image showcases the timeless beauty of Isambard Brunel's engineering masterpiece as it gracefully arches over the River Thames. Built in 1838, this iconic structure was a pioneering feat of Victorian engineering, designed to carry the Great Western Railway across the river and tow path. The bridge's elegant design, with its distinctive wrought-iron arches, has stood the test of time, becoming a cherished symbol of industrial heritage and engineering innovation. The photograph, captured by renowned Victorian photographer Henry Taunt, offers a unique perspective of the bridge from the Berkshire riverbank. The tranquil River Thames, reflecting the arches in its glassy surface, adds to the serene ambiance of the scene. The tow path, a remnant of the era when horse-drawn barges plied the river, can be seen in the foreground, providing a glimpse into the past. This photograph is a testament to the enduring allure of Brunel's bridge and the rich history it represents. It invites us to reflect on the ingenuity and vision of the past, while reminding us of the importance of preserving our industrial heritage for future generations to appreciate and learn from.

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