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Hamish Hay Bridge (Christchurch, NZ)

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in Christchurch, New Zealand

Cast iron arch bridge over the River Avon, constructed in 1864. Previously known as Victoria Street Bridge, Victoria Bridge, Papanui Bridge and Market Place Bridge.

Designed by Charles Fox. Ribs cast by Head, Ashby and Co of Stockton-on-Tees. Three ribs were found to be cracked on arrival following a rough voyage, and were repaired using wrought iron plates. Originally 27 ft 6" wide, it was widened in 1875 to add wooden footpaths. Trams started to use the bridge in 1880, and in 1885 it was widened to 66 ft. Part of the deck has been removed to reveal the structure.[1]. Presumably additional ribs were cast locally when the bridge was widened.

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  1. [1] Wikipedia entry