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Brunels Swivel Bridge

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Help us save Brunel's oldest rotating bridge, designed and built in Bristol in 1849 in the same works that the SS Great Britain was built.

Located in Bristol and in view of Clifton Suspension Bridge, the swivel bridge is Grade II* listed, and on the English Heritage register of Buildings at Risk. In May 2013 volunteers carefully chiselled away the rust on the ends of the four main beams that support the 63 tonne weight of the bridge deck.
Bucketfulls of rust fell out exposing large holes. These holes, and the thinning away in places of repair plates previously inserted to strengthen the structure have left the bridge in a fragile and weakened state.If this continues and if rescue work doesn’t go ahead, the bridge will eventually collapse.

Charity No: 279998

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