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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1205734



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District: City of Bristol

District Type: Unitary Authority


National Park: N/A

Grade: I

Date first listed: 08-Jan-1959

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 379208

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ST5673SE CLIFTON DOWN, Clifton 901-1/7/750 Clifton Suspension Bridge 08/01/59


Suspension bridge. Designed 1829-31. By IK Brunel. Started 1836, stopped 1840 when the pylons were completed, resumed 1861 and completed 1864 by J Hawkshaw and WH Barlow. Red sandstone ashlar abutments with Pennant walls, squared Pennant rubble pylons with limestone dressings, and wrought-iron chains. Massive square abutments support pylons with battered fronts and backs, canted half-way up the sides, to deep coved cornices; segmental-arched vehicle arches with parabolic arches above, the E pylon has narrow pointed-arched side openings. Triple chains alternately support cables to timber deck with cast-iron lattice railings, and extend back to anchor points at each end. HISTORICAL NOTE: work was abandoned on Brunel's competition-winning entry when the capital was expended, and completed without much of the intended Egyptian decoration after his death had encouraged the raising of the necessary funds, by Hawkshaw and Barlow. The original chains were taken to his Royal Saltash Bridge, and those used came from his earlier but demolished Hungerford Bridge. (Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 343-6; Crick C: Victorian Buildings in Bristol: Bristol: 1975-: 14).

Listing NGR: ST5647873077

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Crick, C , Victorian Buildings in Bristol, (1975), 14
Gomme, A H, Jenner, M, Little, B D G, Bristol, An Architectural History, (1979), 343-6

National Grid Reference: ST 56478 73077


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