Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,457 pages of information and 245,911 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Corrieshalloch Gorge Suspension Bridge

From Graces Guide

The bridge crosses the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge, which is 65 yds (60m) deep and almost a mile (1.8 km) long.

1867 Commissioned by Sir John Fowler, the civil engineer, who owned the Braemore and Inverbroom Estates in Wester Ross

The bridge "combines an airy hammock-like curve with unobtrusive strength"; it carries a narrow footpath and was apparently intended as a viewpoint for the scenic Falls of Measach.

The span is 82 ft 6 ins (25.2m) and the abutments, which are well built into the gorge sides, are of stone. The pylons are formed of two cast iron tubes that lean towards each other and join at a height of 8 ft 4 ins (2.5m), making a narrow A-shape. The plane of this A is perpendicular to the span. Over the apex, the cable passes in a curved sleeve at 9 ft (2.7m) high. The wire-rope cables come up from their anchorage points at an angle to the pylons and then, as they dip to deck level, curve inwards; the suspension rods are angled out to fit. It is this combination of diagonals on a dipping curve, along with the solidity and crispness of the pylons and the triangular truss carrying the deck, that gives this bridge its markedly buoyant looks.

1945 The bridge became the property of the National Trust for Scotland

1977 cracks in the Northern anchorage led to their replacement in concrete, and, more recently, the deck planking has been renewed and mesh panels added.

For more information and images see Canmore entry: [1]

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