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Photograph of Chepstow Bridge under construction, 1852

Photograph of Chepstow Bridge under construction, 1852


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Photograph of Chepstow Bridge under construction, 1852

Photograph of Chepstow Bridge under construction, taken from river level showing piers and bed of bridge with upper superstructure under construction. Also shows work huts, wooden scaffolding and ladders, with River Wye gorge in background.
Image used by Courtesy of the Brunel Institute - a collaboration of the SS Great Britain Trust and the University of Bristol

Media ID 24279368

© University of Bristol / SS Great Britain Trust

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This print takes us back to the year 1852, capturing a significant moment in history - the construction of Chepstow Bridge. The image showcases the sheer magnitude of this engineering marvel, as it was taken from river level, revealing the intricate details of its piers and bed. The upper superstructure is seen mid-construction, highlighting the dedication and skill required to bring such a monumental project to life. As we delve deeper into this snapshot frozen in time, our eyes are drawn to various elements that make up this bustling construction site. Work huts dotting the landscape serve as temporary shelters for laborers tirelessly working towards completing their mission. Wooden scaffolding stretches across the bridge's expanse like an intricate web, supporting workers as they navigate through their tasks with utmost precision. The presence of ladders adds another layer of complexity to this scene, symbolizing both progress and ambition. Against the backdrop of River Wye gorge, nature's grandeur juxtaposes man-made ingenuity in perfect harmony. This photograph serves not only as a testament to Isambard Kingdom Brunel's brilliance but also encapsulates an era defined by innovation and progress - Victorian Britain. Preserved by courtesy of the Brunel Institute - a collaboration between SS Great Britain Trust and University of Bristol - this image allows us a glimpse into history while paying homage to those who paved the way for modern infrastructure.

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