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Clifton Suspension Bridge

A Grade I Listed Building in Bristol, City of Bristol

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.455 / 51°27'17"N

Longitude: -2.6277 / 2°37'39"W

OS Eastings: 356478

OS Northings: 173077

OS Grid: ST564730

Mapcode National: GBR C0K.R8

Mapcode Global: VH88M.DPNG

Entry Name: Clifton Suspension Bridge

Listing Date: 8 January 1959

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1205734

English Heritage Legacy ID: 379208

Location: Bristol, BS8

County: City of Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Clifton

Built-Up Area: Bristol

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol

Church of England Parish: Clifton Christ Church with Emmanuel

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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Listing Text


BRISTOL

ST5673SE CLIFTON DOWN, Clifton
901-1/7/750 Clifton Suspension Bridge
08/01/59

I

Suspension bridge. Designed 1829-31. By IK Brunel. Started
1836, stopped 1840 when the pylons were completed, resumed
1861 and completed 1864 by J Hawkshaw and WH Barlow. Red
sandstone ashlar abutments with Pennant walls, squared Pennant
rubble pylons with limestone dressings, and wrought-iron
chains.
Massive square abutments support pylons with battered fronts
and backs, canted half-way up the sides, to deep coved
cornices; segmental-arched vehicle arches with parabolic
arches above, the E pylon has narrow pointed-arched side
openings. Triple chains alternately support cables to timber
deck with cast-iron lattice railings, and extend back to
anchor points at each end.
HISTORICAL NOTE: work was abandoned on Brunel's
competition-winning entry when the capital was expended, and
completed without much of the intended Egyptian decoration
after his death had encouraged the raising of the necessary
funds, by Hawkshaw and Barlow. The original chains were taken
to his Royal Saltash Bridge, and those used came from his
earlier but demolished Hungerford Bridge.
(Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 343-6; Crick C: Victorian Buildings
in Bristol: Bristol: 1975-: 14).


Listing NGR: ST5647873077

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