The Great Bridges of England
This event is organised in conjuction with the International Bridges Group, and supported by the Association for Studies in the Conservation of Historic Building.
Bridges have formed a profound but uncelebrated part of this islands history. Essential for the operation of an urban economy, sometimes the work of charity or religious devotion, critical to defence, and often bearing the mark of past warfare, they continue to serve us today, with some structures 800 years old still carrying modern traffic.
Join three of the UKs leading experts as they share their insight and enthusiasm for these remarkable works.
The Bridges of England
Dr David Harrison author of Bridges of Medieval England - Transport and Society 400-1800 AD, will provide a lighting tour of England, from the simplest and earliest of bridges, to the multiple arch bridges that cross many of the rivers are still in use, and the long spans achieved in 1500s.
The Buildings of London Bridge
Historian and researcher, Dorian Gerhold, using new research based on rental agreements containing measurements of the premises on the medieval London Bridge have enabled a plan of the bridge to be created. A new book to be published at the beginning of July, contains dimensionally accurate illustrations of what was not only a bridge, but a vibrant street lined with shops, houses, a chapel and a sizeable public convenience.
The Rennies London Bridge
Peter Cross-Rudkin, Civil Engineer and Historian, discusses the Georgian London Bridge, opened 1831, dismantled in the 1960s and reconstructed and reopened in Arizona in 1971. He will cover also cover the work of Sir John Rennie and his son George that culminated in the design of the bridge.