Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,502 pages of information and 233,941 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Oak Park Bridge, Carlow

From Graces Guide

Jump to: navigation, search

This 40 ft span iron bridge was erected in 1818, crossing a stream on the estate of Mr. Bruen or Brewing.

It is the second oldest known iron bridge in Ireland, after Liffey Bridge in Dublin. However, the castings for both were produced in 1816: the Oak Park bridge was seen in manufacture at the Darby's Coalbrookdale foundry, some of the ribs having been cast, while the Liffey Bridge was 'likewise in hand' [1]

Believed to have been designed by George Papworth [2]. The bridge has a superficial resemblance to other small Coalbrookdale iron bridges, with the pattern of diminishing diameter circles in the spandrels (the spaces between the arch and the roadway), but the ribs are pierced, giving them an unusually delicate appearance.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. [1] Travels through England, Wales, & Scotland, in the year 1816, Vol 1, 1820, by Dr. Samuel Heinrich Spiker, Librarian to the King of Prussia
  2. [2] 'Demesne Bridges in Ireland' by Ronald C.Cox