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The third in a series of PHEW talks on historical engineering works in Wales. This session focuses on the development of the suspension bridge. In .. Read more this series of talks, Stephen K. Jones, Welsh representative for the Panel for Historical Engineering Works (PHEW), has taken the theme of historical engineering works in Wales and the wider world. The first two talks concern Brunel’s works in South Wales and the last two on the history of the suspension bridge in a worldwide context whilst illustrating the pioneering work of Samuel Brown and the Brown Lenox chainworks he established in South Wales. This webinar covers the development of the suspension bridge, from earliest origins through James Finley’s pioneering works in the United States to the work of Thomas Telford and Samuel Brown on chain suspension bridges for road traffic. The great advances made in iron-making technology saw a strong British influence worldwide and the suspension bridge, with its potential for inbuilt symmetry, would become a well appreciated feature of the landscape. It was a short but golden age that apart from a few later examples, was to be cut short by railways as the dominant carrier for passengers and goods.

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