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Mythe Bridge

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Access for taking photograph kindly provided by the landowner
The arched members are impressively thick
A real challenge for the draughtsmen, patternmakers, and moulders
Some of the braces in the background have been repaired by encasing in steel. Note also the nuts on the tie bars, having 8 sides instead of the usual 4 or 6
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Presumably corrosion products forming on wrought iron components have burst the cast iron
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Showing how the diagonal braces are embedded in bosses on top of the arched members. The 'picture frame' surrounding the bosses is part of the floor plate casting

Crossing the River Severn at Tewkesbury.

This impressive 1825 bridge suffers from the lack of a good public vantage point from which to appreciate its elegant design.

Thomas Telford was contracted to produce the design for the bridge and considered the result to be rather special.

Mythe Bridge has a single span of 170 ft (51.8m).

1824 Construction started; contractor was William Hazledine and resident engineer William Mackenzie

1826 May 12th. Opened to road traffic. The main span is made up of six cast iron arch ribs, each made in eight segments of five X-braced panels. The spandrels have open cross-bracing too. The deck is made of cast iron flange plates with solid panel ballast plates. The bridge is 7.3m wide between parapets. A miniature toll-house stands on the eastern approach; on the west, an embankment and extended masonry abutments, pierced by narrow arches to lessen resistance against flood water.

1923 Bridge strengthened by constructing a reinforced concrete slab 184 ft long over the decking[1]

1992 Strengthening work was carried out.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. British Bridges' published by the Public Works, Roads, and Transport Congress, 1923