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Liffey Bridge

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in Dublin

Sometimes known as the Halfpenny or Ha'penny Bridge, referring to the toll, which was the same as that which had been charged on the ferry which the bridge replaced. Originally the official name was Wellington Bridge, but the name was changed to Liffey Bridge.

Span 141 ft (43m), width 12 ft (3.66m) overall, 10 ft 3” or 3.1 m between railings. Opened 1816. Designed by John Windsor. Ironwork by the Coalbrookdale Co. Refurbished 2001-2. [1]

The design is remarkably elegant, with long, shallow arches and slender ligaments. Each arch is assembled from six castings bolted together.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'Project history of Dublin’s River Liffey Bridges' by Michael Phillips and Albert Hamilton, Proceedings of the I.C.E. Bridge Engineering 156, December 2003