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The historic Iron Bridge renovation has begun as part of a major £1.25 million project - making it the single largest conservation work to be undertaken by English Heritage.
Scaffolding is going up around the bridge as experts begin the work. Iron radials and braces are to be repaired and work will be completed on deck plates and wedges, the main iron arch, and the stone abutments on either side of the River Severn. The bridge will also be re-painted. The Iron Bridge has been in the care of English Heritage since 1975 and the charity has undertaken regular conservation and monitoring during that time.
The Iron Bridge spans the River Severn in Shropshire and was erected in 1779. Made of cast Iron, it was the first bridge in the world to be made this way. Britain's best-known industrial monument and the world's first iron bridge is suffering from cracking due to stresses in the ironwork dating from the original construction, ground movement over the centuries, and an earthquake at the end of the 19th century.
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