Model of Iron Bridge, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, 1784

Made:
1784
designer:
Thomas Farnolls Pritchard

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Model of cast-iron bridge over the Severn at Coalbrookdale by A. Darby (1779). With an engraved brass plate.
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Model of cast-iron bridge over the Severn at Coalbrookdale by A. Darby (1779). With an engraved brass plate.
Science Museum Group Collections
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Model of cast-iron bridge over the Severn at Coalbrookdale by A. Darby (1779). With an engraved brass plate.
Science Museum Group Collections
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Model of cast-iron bridge over the Severn at Coalbrookdale by A. Darby (1779). With an engraved brass plate.
Science Museum Group Collections
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Model of cast-iron bridge over the Severn at Coalbrookdale by A. Darby (1779). With an engraved brass plate.
Science Museum Group Collections
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Model of cast-iron bridge over the Severn at Coalbrookdale by A. Darby (1779). With an engraved brass plate.
Science Museum Group Collections
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Model of cast-iron bridge over the Severn at Coalbrookdale by A. Darby (1779). With an engraved brass plate.
Science Museum Group Collections
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Model of cast-iron bridge over the Severn at Coalbrookdale by A. Darby (1779). With an engraved brass plate.
Science Museum Group Collections
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Model of cast-iron bridge over the Severn at Coalbrookdale by A. Darby (1779). With an engraved brass plate.
Science Museum Group Collections
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Model of cast-iron bridge over the Severn at Coalbrookdale by A. Darby (1779). With an engraved brass plate.
Science Museum Group Collections
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Model of cast-iron bridge over the Severn at Coalbrookdale. With an engraved brass plate. Shropshire Abraham Darby III
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Mahogany model of the cast-iron bridge over the River Severn at Coalbrookdale, with engraved brass place. Made by Thomas Gregory for Abraham Darby III, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire, 1784.

Coalbrookdale on the River Severn was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. By the 1750s local industrialists, perfectly placed to combine the natural resources necessary to smelt iron, called for a bridge to support their rapidly developing businesses. The resulting iron bridge built by Abraham Darby III became a tourist spectacle of technological and architectural wonder. The single arch span of 100 feet (30.5 metres) weighed 384 tonnes. Darby commissioned this model from the foreman pattern-maker Thomas Gregory, who also developed the bridge’s design. Darby exhibited the model in London in 1786, and presented it to the Royal Society of Arts in 1787.

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Category:
Civil Engineering
Object Number:
1882-29
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), mahogany (wood)
type:
model
credit:
Royal Society of Arts

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