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The story of the Iron Bridge – The birth of The bridge

The story of Iron Bridge, Shropshire: Part 1

The Iron Bridge in Shropshire, UK was the world’s first iron bridge in the world.

Constructed in 1779 its single span has become one of the worlds best known industrial monuments.

It symbolises one of the earliest developments in the Industrial Revolution. In this podcast, David de Haan, Director of the Ironbridge Trust 1998-2012 tells the story of the birth of the bridge.

Also see part 2 which explores the construction of the bridge.



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