Photographer's Note

IRON BRIDGE IS THE FIRST METAL BRIDGE EVER BUILT IN THE WORLD. It crosses the river Severn and has given its name to the village and the valley where it stands (about 60 km NW of Birmingham). The bridge is also known under the name of Coalbrookdale Bridge.
At the beginning of the 18th century, the only way to cross the Severn at Coalbrookdale, was a ferry, while the river is very deep there, with a strong current.
The Industrial Revolution, with the production of cast-iron in the region, required a more efficient way of crossing the river.
From 1775 till 1779, the building of this cast-iron bridge took place and it was an important construction without any precedent. The bridge crosses the valley of 60m, at a height of 30m above the river.
In 1926, it was considered unadapted to automobile traffic, and became accessible only to pedestrians, as well as part of UNESCO World Heritage!
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