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Swivel Bridge

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Brunel's Swivel Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
Brunels rotating bridge at Cumberland Basin, Bristol - Geograph - 5637301.jpg
The bridge in 2017
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From:  Ashton Gate
To:  Hotwells
Location
Cumberland Basin
County
Gloucestershire • Somerset
Highway Authority
Bristol
Opening Date
1849
Closure Date
1968
Additional Information
List No:  1202186  (Grade II*)
Bridge Type:  Swing Bridge
Length:  33.7m (110 ft 7 in)
Engineer:  Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Brunel's Swivel Bridge was a crossing of the Cumberland Basin from its opening in 1849,to the construction of the replacement Plimsoll Bridge alongside, which opened in 1965. The bridge is constructed of wrought iron. It was originally located over the south entrance lock, but was shortened and moved to the north entrance lock in 1873[1].


1951 OS 1:25k map showing the bridge


As of 2020, the bridge and mechanism still exist, however, the bridge is not functional, and in an 'open' position, allowing shipping traffic to pass through. The bridge features on English Heritage's Heritage at Risk Register in 2020[2]

References



Swivel Bridge
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