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Mavesyn Ridware Bridge

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The internal lugs and bolts for attaching the lattice castings to the ribs can be seen here
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The ribs are 3 ft deep. Note that the designer's extreme focus on detail extended to making the combination of washer and square-headed bolt look like a domed rivet head
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Transverse diaphragm plate with diagonal brace visible behind
Connection of diagonal bracing to rib
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Oh, Mr Potter, your attention to detail made life difficult for the foundry! The mitred 'short sides of the picture frame' are evidently cast integral with the transverse diaphragm plates

Also known as High Bridge, Mavesyn Ridware

Carried the B5014 across the River Trent near Handsacre, Staffordshire

Castings made by the Coalbrookdale Co in 1830. Designed by Joseph Potter, who also designed the nearby Chetwynd Bridge.

Seen close up, the massive castings of the bridge, the quality of the foundrywork, and the confident design all convey an impression of something made far later than the Georgian era.


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