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Victoria Bridge (Bath)

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Victoria Bridge
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From:  Upper Bristol Road
To:  East Twerton
County
Somerset
Highway Authority
Bath and North East Somerset
Opening Date
1836
Additional Information
List No:  1395490  (Grade II*)
Bridge Type:  Suspension Bridge
Length:  45.7m (149 ft 11 in)
Width:  5.8m (19 ft 0 in)
Engineer:  James Dredge
This article is about the bridge in Bath.
For other bridges with the same name, see Victoria Bridge
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Victoria Bridge was a world first. It was the first bridge erected by James Dredge using his taper principle for Suspension Bridges. This is where the suspension chains reduce each time a hangar descends to the deck, meaning that just the minimum number of chains reach the centre of the bridge. From this prototype, Dredge went on to build bridges across the country, and in India, his bridges being cheaper than stone arches and quick to build too. However, despite the benefits, it is not a design which has been particularly developed since Dredges last bridge in the 1860s.

Today the bridge has been restored and is in use as a footbridge and cycle route, with the riverbank to the south having been substantially redeveloped and landscaped over the last 20 years. Indeed, at one point the bridge was hidden away, unloved, in a corner of Homebase's car park!





Victoria Bridge (Bath)
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