Panoramio is closing. Learn how to back up your data.

MENAI SUSPENSION BRIDGE, ANGLESEY, WALES, UNITED KINGDOM.

THE MENAI SUSPENSION BRIDGE WAS ENGINEERED BY THOMAS TELFORD. THE WORK STARTED ON THE MENAI BRIDGE IN 1819, AND IT WAS COMPLETED AND OPENED ON 30TH JAN 1826. THE ROUTE FROM LONDON TO HOLYHEAD BECAME AN IMPORTANT ROADWAY, REPRESENTING A PHYSICAL LINK BETWEEN PARLIAMENT AND IRELAND. ALTHOUGH WELL TRAVELLED, THE JOURNEY WAS STILL NOTORIOUSLY DANGEROUS. THE MENAI BRIDGE ALSO DRAMATICALLY REDUCED THE TIME IT TOOK TO TRAVEL FROM LONDON TO HOLYHEAD. ALONG WITH TELFORD’S OTHER IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ROAD, THE JOURNEY TIME WAS CUT 36 HOURS TO 27 HOURS. THE MENAI BRIDGE WAS PROBABLY TELFORD`S MOST ACCLAIMED ACHIEVEMENT. THIS WAS A MASSIVE IMPROVEMENT, NOT ONLY FOR THE PEOPLE TRAVELLING TO IRELAND, BUT ALSO TO THE LOCALS, WHO FOR THE FIRST TIME COULD CROSS TO AND FROM THE MAINLAND WITHOUT FEAR OF PERISHING IN THE DANGEROUS WATERS OF THE MENAI STRAITS. BUILDING BEGAN WITH THE STONE PILLARS, THE STONE FOR WHICH WAS QUARRIED FROM PENMON QUARRY. THIS WAS THE FIRST IRON SUSPENSION BRIDGE OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD AND THE BIGGEST SUSPENSION BRIDGE IN THE WORLD AT THE TIME. SIXTEEN HUGE CHAINS HELD UP 579 FOOT OF DECK, ALLOWING 100 FEET OF CLEAR SPACE BENEATH. THIS ALLOWED TALL SAILING SHIPS NAVIGATING THE SEAWAY TO PASS UNDERNEATH, WHILST SPANNING THE STRAITS AT ITS NARROWEST POINT.

Show more
Show less

Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 2, 2013
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by ZACERIN
    • Camera: NIKON D800
    • Taken on 2013/07/17 13:44:08
    • Exposure: 0.020s (1/50)
    • Focal Length: 15.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/18.000