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South Accommodation Road Bridge, Leeds

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1828 An iron suspension bridge, designed by George Leather, was built as part of the new turnpike road by-passing the centre of Leeds, to cross the river Aire at Hunslet. This was the second example of his "bow and string" suspension bridge, first used in the design of the Monk Bridge. The arch was of cast iron, made in 6 pieces.[1]

By the 1890s, the bridge could no longer cope with the volume of traffic crossing the river, so the original bridge was replaced by a lattice girder bridge designed by Thomas Hewson, the City Engineer. The bridge had a span of 146ft and was 50ft wide.

1992 Hewson's bridge was replaced by the Inner Ring Road Bridge, which was constructed alongside.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The land we live in, a pictorial and literary sketch-book of the British empire, published by Charles Knight, London 1847
  • Discovering Leeds [1]