CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE, Bristol. The bridge under construction. Work began on the bridge in 1836 under the supervision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel but stopped due to lack of funds. Work resumed in the 1860s and the bridge was finished in 1864
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EDITORS COMMENTS The captivating print showcases the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol during its construction phase. Taken by Historic England Archive, this historical image transports us back to the 19th century when Isambard Kingdom Brunel's visionary masterpiece was taking shape. The photograph captures the bridge in its raw form, with workers tirelessly laboring to bring Brunel's ambitious design to life. Dating back to 1836, the construction of Clifton Suspension Bridge faced numerous challenges and setbacks due to financial constraints. However, determination prevailed as work resumed in the 1860s and finally culminated in its completion four years later, marking a triumph of engineering ingenuity. This snapshot not only immortalizes an architectural marvel but also provides a glimpse into Victorian-era craftsmanship and dedication. Amidst towering scaffolding and intricate ironwork, we catch sight of people from that era who contributed their skills towards this monumental project. As we gaze upon this remarkable piece of history frozen in time, it serves as a reminder of human perseverance and innovation against all odds. The Clifton Suspension Bridge stands today as a testament to both Brunel's genius and those who labored diligently for its realization. This photograph allows us to appreciate their collective efforts while offering a window into an era defined by progress and ambition.
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