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The Iron Bridge
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Coordinates 52°37′38″N 2°29′08″W / 52.627245°N 2.485533°W / 52.627245; -2.485533 (The Iron Bridge)Coordinates: 52°37′38″N 2°29′08″W / 52.627245°N 2.485533°W / 52.627245; -2.485533 (The Iron Bridge)
Carries Pedestrian traffic
Crosses River Severn
Locale Ironbridge Gorge near Coalbrookdale
Owner Telford and Wrekin Council
Heritage status Grade I listed
Characteristics
Design cast-iron arch bridge
Width 250
Longest span 100 ft 6 in (30.63 m)
History
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.

The bridge crosses the River Severn at the Ironbridge Gorge, by the village of Ironbridge, in Shropshire, England.

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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