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Cambridge University Press
Arch Bridges and their Builders 1735-1835

Arch Bridges and their Builders 1735-1835

by Ted Ruddock


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The construction of bridges in Britain and Ireland during the period of 1735-1835 was marked by important technical developments and the introduction of new materials. This book is a comprehensive history of bridge building during the century, treating the administration and financing of projects as well as the designs and methods of construction. All the bridges described are of interest as engineering works; as architecture some are unimportant but many achieved real grandeur and beauty. The book is based on exhaustive study of primary sources which are fully documented, but it is a highly readable account. More than half of it consists of narratives of individual bridge projects, in which all the men involved, from noblemen and generals to country masons and carpenters, come alive for the reader. Much of the detail of these stories has never been published before. Among the topics which can be traced through the narratives are the growth in spans and changes in the proportions of bridges, the borrowing and modification of Continental styles, a halting progress towards the use of scientific theory in bridge design, the introduction of iron arches and the important role played by 'amateurs', including Tom Paine and Samuel Johnson. Over 200 illustrations accompany the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521090216
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/20/2008
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I: Labelye and his contemporaries 1735-1759; 1. Westminster bridge; 2. Bridges in the country; 3. Timber bridges; 4. Architecture hydraulique and Essex Bridge, Dublin'; 5. Thoeory of arches and pontypridd; 6. Four ancient bridges; Part II: The years of Mylne and smeaton 1759-1796; 7. Blackfriars bridge; 8. John Smeaton and Robert Mylne; 9. Bridges by architects; 10. Navigable aqueducts; 11. The first iron bridges; Part III: The years of Rennie and Telford 1790-1835; 12. Rennie and Telford - early years; 13. Iron and timber; 14. Climax masonry.

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