The Iron Bridge facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsThe Iron Bridge
|Locale||Ironbridge Gorge near Coalbrookdale|
|Owner||Telford and Wrekin Council|
|Heritage status||Grade I listed|
|Design||cast-iron arch bridge|
|Longest span||100 ft 6 in (30.63 m)|
|Construction begin||November 1777|
|Construction end||July 1779|
|Opened||1 January 1781|
The Iron Bridge was the first arch bridge in the world to be made out of cast iron.
It is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is maintained by English Heritage who launched a crowdfunding campaign in 2017 to support a conservation project which began in 2018. As well as repairing rusted parts of the bridge, it was painted red to match a painting from 1777 showing how the Iron Bridge looked soon after it was finished.
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