The Iron Bridge

bridge that crosses the River Severn in Shropshire, England.

The Iron Bridge was the first arch bridge in the world to be made out of cast iron.[1] It crosses the River Severn at the Ironbridge Gorge near the village of Ironbridge, in Shropshire, England.

The Iron Bridge
Iron Bridge east side in February 2019.jpg
The Iron Bridge (February 2019)
Coordinates52°37′38″N 2°29′08″W / 52.627245°N 2.485533°W / 52.627245; -2.485533 (The Iron Bridge)Coordinates: 52°37′38″N 2°29′08″W / 52.627245°N 2.485533°W / 52.627245; -2.485533 (The Iron Bridge)
CarriesPedestrian traffic
CrossesRiver Severn
LocaleIronbridge Gorge near Coalbrookdale
OwnerTelford and Wrekin Council
Heritage statusGrade I listed
Designcast-iron arch bridge
Longest span100 ft 6 in (30.63 m)
Construction startNovember 1777
Construction endJuly 1779
Opened1 January 1781

The bridge is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[1] It is maintained by English Heritage who launched a crowdfunding campaign in 2017 to support a conservation project which began in 2018.[2] As well as repairing rusted parts of the bridge, it was painted red to match a painting from 1777 showing how the Iron Bridge looked soon after it was finished.[3]


Related pagesEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 UNESCO, "Ironbridge Gorge"; retrieved 2012-4-25.
  2. "English Heritage's first ever crowd funder raises final total of £47,545 to support vital conservation of the Iron Bridge | English Heritage". Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  3. Growcott, Mat. "Back to the future as Iron Bridge set to return to its original red". Retrieved 2018-09-02.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to The Iron Bridge at Wikimedia Commons