This famous Dublin bridge is noted for its amazingly slender cast iron construction.
Bob Dover provided the following comments:
This is the most iconic, landmark bridge serving as a readily recognizable symbol of the city of Dublin. The deck is curved upward, along with the very high arch, and has ornate white iron lampposts suspended above the heads of pedestrians. The bridge is located in the very center of the tourist area of Dublin, the Temple Bar, so is overrun with tourist traffic all day and night. A lot of this traffic is to get from one tourist area to another, but a large number of people come just to see the bridge. In the 1990s, the bridge got so crowded that a new pedestrian bridge, Millennium Bridge, was built adjacent, just to take the pressure off.
Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings
Reg. Number: 50060550
Single-span cast-iron footbridge spanning River Liffey, erected 1816.
Alcoved ashlar granite abutments support single-span low-rise elliptical
arch of cast-iron bolted segments, with cast-iron railed parapet, and
having three decorative pierced ogee-profile overarching lamp standards
with cast-iron lamps. Timber decking. Accessed by flight of granite
steps at each end.
Appraisal The Liffey Bridge is known
colloquially as the Ha'penny Bridge, following its original status as a
toll bridge when it replaced an earlier ferry crossing over the river.
It is completely of cast-iron, an innovative material at the time. It
was erected in 1816 to designs by John Windsor, and manufactured at the
celebrated Coalbrookedale foundry in Shropshire, the manufactory of the
first iron bridge in 1779. It remains an elegant structure with iconic
status for the city. That it is still in use today is a testament to its
early nineteenth-century designers and manufacturers responsible for its
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