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This is a list of bridges 1 through 100 (of 266 total) in the suspension bridge inventory completed from 1700 through 1849. Please email (aspan@bridgemeister.com) with corrections, suggestions, submissions, and criticism. I frequently make updates and add images. Please allow time for the page and images to load. The inventory lists more than 2,500 suspension bridges (more than 1,200 of which are pictured). Click the small images to see a larger image. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Check the inventory introduction page for more information about this list.
1734 (chain bridge)
Glorywitz, Prussia (Oder River)
Bridgemeister ID:371
References:AAJ, BPL
Principals:Army of the Palatinate of Saxony
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Notes
  • BPL says first Western use of metal in suspension structure.
1741 Winch (Wynch)
Middleton-in-Teesdale, England, United Kingdom (River Tees - Low Force)
Bridgemeister ID:372
Structurae ID:0008266
References:AAJ, BEM, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:70f
Notes
  • Varying histories of this catwalk-style bridge exist. One I read recently says it was built 1704, a cable snapped in 1802 killing three people, and it was then rebuilt in 1830 (the present bridge). Others attribute the bridge to 1741 and have the 1802 incident killing "one or two people".
  • Replaced by 1830 Wynch - Middleton-in-Teesdale, England, United Kingdom.
1784 Chain
Weilburg, Germany (Lahn River)
Bridgemeister ID:582
References:PTS2
Use:Pipeline
Status:Replaced, 1888
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Main span:35m
Notes
  • Carried a water pipeline with eight iron chains.
1801 (chain bridge)
Iron Bridge, Pennsylvania, USA (Jacob's Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:3
Structurae ID:0000873
O'Donnell ID:0
References:AAJ, ASB, BBR, BOB, BPL, CAB, DSE20000116, HBE, LAB, PTS2
Principals:Judge James Finley
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:70f
Deck width:12.5f
Notes
  • In an email dated January 16, 2000, Don Sayenga provided information about the location of this bridge. Generally attributed to Uniontown (the seat of Fayette County, PA), Mr. Sayenga offers some clues about the bridge's true location. "[James Finley] stated that he built it near the home of his friend Meason which implies a connection for the iron as Meason was making iron. Meason's home has survived by the way, a beautiful place. Finley stated it was a combination contract with the cost split between two counties, and he stated it was built over Jacob's Creek which is the county boundary. He also makes it clear it was on the road to Greensburg. The only place the old road crossed Jacob's Creek is just south of Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. On the geodetic survey maps this spot is marked "Iron Bridge" but there is no town there. The last time I was there I saw a sign that said "Iron Bridge" on an automobile scrap yard. I found absolutely no trace of the bridge, but it was not very big, so there was no need for a huge abutment."
  • First suspension bridge with a rigid level deck.
1807 Chain
Georgetown, District of Columbia and Virginia, USA (Potomac River)
Bridgemeister ID:4
Structurae ID:0008052
Coordinates:N 38.92959 W 77.11627
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BBR, BCW, CAB, DSE20000118, HBE, PTS2
Principals:John Templeman
Use:Vehicular
Status:Destroyed, 1812
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:128.5f
Notes
  • BCW gives completion date of 1810 and says bridge was destroyed by flood two years later.
  • Coordinates given are for the current crossing (VA SR123, still known locally as "Chain Bridge Road") which is on (or very close) to the alignment of Chain Bridge. Chain Bridge was the third bridge at this site. The current structure is the eighth and was completed in 1940.
1807 Wills Creek
Cumberland, Maryland, USA (Wills Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:5
References:AAJ, BCW, CAB, DSE20000203, HBE
Principals:John Templeman
Status:Destroyed, 1810
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Main span:139f
Notes
1809 (chain bridge)
Brownsville vicinity, Pennsylvania, USA
Bridgemeister ID:8
References:AAJ, CAB, DSE20000203, HBE
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1809 (chain bridge)
Brownsville, Pennsylvania, USA (Dunlap's Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:7
Structurae ID:0008055
References:AAJ, BCW, CAB, DSE20000118, DSE20000203, HBE
Principals:John Templeman
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Notes
  • From Dunlap's Creek Bridge: "The first recorded bridge across Dunlap's Creek was a wooden structure constructed prior to 1774. It was repaired in 1801, but was destroyed during a spring storm in 1808. A chain-link suspension bridge was built on the site in 1809; it collapsed under the weight of snow and a heavily laden wagon in 1820. A third bridge, another wooden structure, built in 1821 also failed. The present bridge is thus the fourth bridge at the site."
1809 (chain bridge)
Wilmington, Delaware, USA (Brandywine Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:6
References:AAJ, BCW, CAB, DSE20000203, HBE
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:145f
Deck width:30f
1809 Schuylkill Falls
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (Schuylkill River)
Bridgemeister ID:9
Structurae ID:0008053
References:AAJ, BBR, BPL, CAB, DSE20000118, HBE, PTS2
Principals:John Templeman
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 153f
Deck width:18f
Notes
  • Failed 1811, 1816. HBE notes the 1811 was due to weight of cattle. The 1816 failure was due to weight of ice and snow.
1810 (chain bridge)
Frankfort, Kentucky, USA (Kentucky River)
Bridgemeister ID:10
Structurae ID:0008057
References:AAJ, CAB
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 167f
1810 (chain bridge)
Paulings Ford, Pennsylvania, USA (Schuylkill River)
Bridgemeister ID:11
Structurae ID:0008060
References:CAB
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1810 (chain bridge)
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA (Schuykill River)
Bridgemeister ID:12
Structurae ID:0008059
References:CAB
Principals:Ulrich Kissinger
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1810 (chain bridge)
Wrightstown, Pennsylvania, USA (Neshaminy River)
Bridgemeister ID:13
Structurae ID:0008058
References:AAJ, CAB, DSE20000403
Principals:John Parker
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Main spans:2 x 100f
1810 Chain (Essex-Merrimack)
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA (Merrimack River - Deer Island)
Bridgemeister ID:14
Structurae ID:0001418
Coordinates:N 42.833167 W 70.90645
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BBR, CAB, GBD, HBE, POPE, PTS2, RDH
Principals:John Templeman
Use:Vehicular (two-lane light)
Status:Replaced
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:243f
Deck width:30f (2 roadways of 15f)
Notes
  • John Templeman built several bridges (like this one) using James Finley's design.
  • Repaired in 1827 after 5 of 10 chains snapped under weight of a team of oxen.
  • The complete description from Thomas Pope's 1811 Treatise (POPE):
    "The chain Bridge lately thrown over the Merrimack, three miles above Newburyport, in the state of Massachusetts, is now in constant use. This Bridge consists of a single arc, two hundred and forty-four feet span. The abutments are of stone, forty-seven feet long, and thirty-seven high; the uprights, or framed work, which stand on the abutments, are thirty-five feet high, over which are suspended ten distinct chains, the ends of which on both sides of the river are buried deep in pits and secured by large stones: each chain is five hundred and sixteen feet long; and, where they pass over the uprights, they are treble, and made in short links, which is said to be more secure than saddles made of plates of iron. The four middle joists rest on the chains; all the rest are suspended to the main chains to equalize the floor. This Bridge has two passage-ways of fifteen feet in width each, and the floor is so solid as to admit of horses, carriages, etc. to travel at any speed, with very little perceptible motion of the floors. The railing is stout and strong, which adds much firmness to the floor. There are three chains in each range on each side, and four in the middle range: they are calculated to support nearly five hundred tons. From the surface of the water to the middle of the floor is forty feet; and from the top of the abutments to the top of the uprights is thirty-five feet high, making seventy-two feet. The magnitude and power of the abutments, the width and length of the floors, the elevation of the work, the evident powers of the chains, etc. all conspire to make it a wonderful work. Every expense attending it did not amount to twenty-five thousand dollars. The abutment being of stone, the uprights covered, and the chains painted to prevent rust, leaves nothing but the flooring to decay. This Bridge was constructed by John Templeman, Esq. of the district of Columbia, whose talents for the productions of such work, and the various improvements suggested and used by him, have been highly beneficial, and do him great credit."
  • Gregory W. Buff sent a transcription of an article describing the 1827 failure. The article was in the Saturday, February 24, 1827 issue (Volume IV, Number 31) of the Canadian Spectator (Montreal, Quebec) newspaper:
    "Newburyport, Feb 9. Disastrious [sic] Accident. - On Tuesday morning last, the Essex Merrimack Bridge gave way in the centre, from the parting of the chains that support it. On the Bridge, at the moment, was a loaded team, drawn by six oxen and two horses, driven by two men, Messrs. Garlton [sic] and Jackman, all of whom were precipitated, forty feet, into the river beneath. The teamsters preserved themselves by means of swimming, and the support of fragments of the bridge; the team were all of them except one of the horses, swept beneath the ice a few rods below, and drowned. Five of the ten chains which supported the Bridge, were snapped in different places, and now remain upholding the broken and shattered timber altogether as sad a wreck as we ever witnessed. At the moment of the crash, the light evolved from the friction of the chains resembled the the vivid streaming of a meteor. Various excuses are assigned for the accident, and none, with more probability, than the united effect of the incumbent pressure of the immense body of snow lying upon the bridge, and the frost which had contracted the particles of iron. These produced a tenseness in the chains, which was incapable of resisting the additional pressure of the loaded team, and the whole gave way. The estimated expense of repairing the breach is about 4000 dollars; and the Directors, as we understand, plan to set about it immediately. It will be built up as before. To those who have been losers by this accident the corporation intend to make generous inumeration. The traveling will be uninterrupted, as the solidity of the ice above the bridge forms a safe passage way - and for the conveyance of carriages and heavy baggage the proprietors have promptly provided suitable boats. If any aversion to chain bridges has been produced by this accident, we should be sorry, for ourselves we feel yet unshaken faith in their superior security. The misfortune in this case was no doubt owing to the causes above stated, and not to any defect in the construction of the bridge. Probably hundreds of individuals, including each sex and all ages, have visited the ruins of the bridge. They present a sad and melancholy appearance - crushed and broken timbers suspended by the massy chains, which hang lazily from the pyramidical abutments, while the beholder instinctly shrinks back in terror at the reflection of the situation of the two human beings who were precipitated into the abyss beneath. The preservation of these two men is almost miraculous. Although hurled down 40 feet amid crashing and falling timber, entangled with their cattle, they fell without receiving the least injury, and attained the shore, after being for nearly half an hour, immerse in water chilled to the freezing point. Mr. Jackman is far advanced in years - and suffered somewhat from the exposure to the cold. Mr. Carlton [sic], escaped unhurt. The Chain Bridge has been built for about fifteen years, the span is 220 feet. We believe this was the second or third Chain Bridge built in the United States; and this is probably the first that has met with a similar accident. We understand the proprieters of the Rooks Bridge intend to rebuild theirs as a Chain Bridge."
  • Replaced by 1909 Chain - Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA. The 1909 structure was almost entirely new (except for portions of the piers and abutments).
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg Glass slide, collection of David Denenberg
1811 (chain bridge)
Juniata Crossing, Pennsylvania, USA (Juniata River)
Bridgemeister ID:15
Structurae ID:0008062
References:CAB, DSE20000403
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1811 (chain bridge)
Kentucky, USA
Bridgemeister ID:16
References:CAB
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1811 (chain bridge)
Kentucky, USA
Bridgemeister ID:17
References:CAB
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1811 Third Street
Easton, Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:18
Structurae ID:0008063
References:CAB, DSE20000203
Principals:Jacob Blumer (?)
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1814 Hamilton Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:19
References:AAJ, CAB, DSE20000203, PTS2
Principals:Jacob Blumer
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:4
Main spans:2
Side spans:2
1816 Galashiels
Galashiels, Scotland, United Kingdom (Gala Water)
Bridgemeister ID:584
References:AAJ, BSI, HBE, PTS2
Principals:Richard Lees
Use:Footbridge
Status:Destroyed, 1839
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:111f
Deck width:3f
Notes
  • BSI: Originally erected in the form of a traditional suspension bridge, but soon reinforced with wire stays from much larger towers to reduce unwanted motion. Destroyed by flood, 1839.
1816 Spider
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (Schuylkill River)
Bridgemeister ID:20
References:AAJ, BOB, BPL, GHD, HBE, LAB, PTS2
Principals:Josiah White, Erskine Hazard
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Main span:393.75f
Notes
  • Narrow footbridge. First wire bridge in North America. HBE notes "first wire suspension bridge in any country."
  • Often described as having collapsed under the weight of ice and snow, Don Sayenga notes that no contemporary sources confirm this demise. Since the nearby chain bridge did fail under weight of ice and snow, he believes this fate has been misattributed to the White and Hazard footbridge. Don believes the bridge was just dismantled at some point after June, 1816.
  • Al Zagofsky also wrote to explain there was no evidence of this bridge collapsing under weight of ice and snow. Al writes: "According to an original source Captain Joshua Rowley Watson, who inspected the bridge on June 15, 1816: '...There was a bridge, but which by the weight of ice and snow, has been carried away.' This refers to the previous bridge that the cable bridge was temporarily replacing. I did not see any cause for failure of the wire rope bridge. My guess is that it was removed when the regular bridge was repaired. The same article shows a sketch that he made, showing the main span to be 407 feet. I am looking at the Canal History and Technology Proceedings Vol 5, March 22, 1986."
1818 Dryburgh Abbey
Dryburgh and St. Boswells, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Tweed)
Bridgemeister ID:1440
Structurae ID:0008269
References:AAJ, BEM, MOS
Use:Footbridge
Status:Collapsed, 1838
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:260f
Deck width:4.5f
Notes
  • This 1818 bridge was a replacement for the 1817 Dryburgh Abbey suspension bridge which appears to have been primarily a cable-stayed structure and is not included in the inventory. The 1817 bridge failed due to wind in early 1818.
  • Later at same location 1872 Dryburgh Abbey - Dryburgh and St. Boswells, Scotland, United Kingdom. Structurae shows both the 1818 and 1872 bridges.
Print, collection of David Denenberg Newspaper article, collection of David Denenberg
1820 Union
Horncliffe, Berwick-upon-Tweed vicinity, England and Fishwick, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Tweed)
Bridgemeister ID:373
Structurae ID:0000162
Coordinates:N 55.75256 W 2.10677
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BBR, BC3, BEM, BOB, HBE, MOS, NTB, PTS2, SBR
Principals:Sir Samuel Brown
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2009)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:449f
Deck width:18f
Notes
Newspaper article, collection of David Denenberg Photo by Dave Cooper
1820 Wills Creek
Cumberland, Maryland, USA (Wills Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:1149
References:CAB
Principals:Valentine Shockey
Status:Destroyed, 1838
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Main span:151.5f
Notes
1821 Trinity Pier (Newhaven Pier)
Trinity, Edinburgh vicinity, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Forth)
Bridgemeister ID:374
Structurae ID:0008327
References:AAJ, MOS, SBR
Principals:Sir Samuel Brown
Use:Footbridge
Status:Destroyed, 1898
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Main spans:3 x 209f
Deck width:4f
Notes
  • SBR: Chain pier extending into 700 feet into the Forth, with three main spans each of 209 feet. Wrecked by storm, 1898.
1822 (footbridge)
Annonay, France (Cance River)
Bridgemeister ID:375
Structurae ID:0006497
References:AAJ, BBR, GHD, LAB, TTSB
Principals:Marc Seguin, Camille Seguin, Jules Seguin, Paul Seguin, Charles Seguin
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:18m
Notes
  • Test structure, but recognized as first wire bridge in France.
1823 (suspension bridge)
Réunion (Mat River)
Bridgemeister ID:1542
References:AAJ, ASB, CAB, MOS
Principals:Marc Brunel
Use:Vehicular (two-lane)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:131.75f
Notes
  • Réunion was known as "Isle of Bourbon" at this time.
  • MOS: "These bridges were designed by Mr. Brunel, and executed in England, near Sheffield, where they were put together in January, 1823, before being sent out to the Isle de Bourbon."
  • Built as part of same project as 1823 (suspension bridge) - Réunion.
1823 (suspension bridge)
Réunion (Sainte-Suzanne River)
Bridgemeister ID:1541
References:AAJ, ASB, CAB
Principals:Marc Brunel
Use:Vehicular (two-lane)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 131.75f
Notes
Print, collection of David Denenberg
1823 Brighton Pier
Brighton, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Bridgemeister ID:376
Structurae ID:0008326
References:AAJ, BEM, BOB, HBE, MOS, SBR
Principals:Sir Samuel Brown
Use:Footbridge
Status:Destroyed, 1896
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:4
Main spans:4 x 255f
Notes
  • SBR: Severely damaged 1833, 1836. Destroyed by storm 1896.
Print, collection of David Denenberg Print, collection of David Denenberg
1823 Saint Antoine
Geneva, Switzerland
Bridgemeister ID:377
Structurae ID:0000895
References:AAJ, GHD, HBE, LAB, MOS, PTS2
Principals:Guillame Henri Dufour, Marc Seguin, Marc-Auguste Pictet
Status:Removed, c.1864
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 40m
Deck width:7.5f
1824 Biery's
Biery's Port (Catasauqua), Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:21
References:CAB, DSE20000203
Principals:Jacob Blumer, George Deily (?)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1824 Galaure
Saint-Vallier, France (Galaure River)
Bridgemeister ID:1824
Structurae ID:0006498
References:GHD, MOS
Principals:Seguin Brothers
Status:Collapsed, 1844
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:30m
Notes
1824 Kettensteg (Chain)
Nuremburg, Bavaria, Germany (Pegnitz River)
Bridgemeister ID:1111
Structurae ID:0000255
Coordinates:N 49.45468 E 11.07076
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:PTS2
Principals:Konrad Georg Kuppler
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Eyebar (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:27.9m, 29.6m
Notes
  • Now aided by intermediate piers. Eckhard Bernstorff notes: "Oldest suspension bridge in Germany, but since 1930 supported by two intermediate piers at each span."
Photo by Eckhard Bernstorff
1824 Lehigh Gap (Palmerton)
Lehigh Gap, Pennsylvania, USA (Lehigh River)
Bridgemeister ID:22
Structurae ID:0008066
References:AAJ, CAB, DSE20000203, WHSB
Principals:Jacob Blumer
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1933
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Notes
  • Finley patent bridge.
1824 Pochtamptsky (Pochamsky, Post Office, Pochtamtskiy)
St. Petersburg, Russia
Bridgemeister ID:972
Structurae ID:0005715
References:WIT
Principals:Wilhelm von Traitteur
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
1824 Wissekerke
Bazel, Belgium (Wissekerke Castle)
Bridgemeister ID:1681
Structurae ID:0020524
Coordinates:N 51.145383 E 4.302667
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:J.B. Vifquain
Status:Closed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Photo by Robert M. Vogel
1825 Pâquis
Geneva, Switzerland
Bridgemeister ID:1825
References:AAJ, GHD
Principals:Guillame Henri Dufour
Status:Demolished, early 1850's
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 41m
1825 Tain-Tournon
Tournon-sur-Rhône and Tain, France (Rhône River)
Bridgemeister ID:378
Structurae ID:0000156
References:AAJ, ASB, BBR, BPF, GHD, LAB, MOS, PTS2, TTSB
Principals:Marc Seguin
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed, 1965
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 278.88f
Deck width:13.75f
Notes
1826 Bankovsky (Bank)
St. Petersburg, Russia (Griboedov Canal)
Bridgemeister ID:974
Structurae ID:0005727
References:WIT
Principals:Wilhelm von Traitteur
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Deck width:1.85m
Notes
  • Cable ends"swallowed" by four cast-iron decorative griffins.
1826 Broughton (Gerald Road)
Lancashire, England, United Kingdom (River Irwell)
Bridgemeister ID:379
References:AAJ, BOB, HBE, MOS, SBR
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1914
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Main span:145.5f
Deck width:18.25f
Notes
  • Famously collapsed under weight of marching troops April 12, 1831. Was rebuilt and strengthened and eventually replaced in 1914.
1826 Conwy (Conway)
Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom (River Conwy)
Bridgemeister ID:380
Structurae ID:0000447
Coordinates:N 53.280476 W 3.823742
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BBR, BC3, BCO, BEM, HBE, MOS, NTB, PTS2
Principals:Thomas Telford
Use:Vehicular
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2013)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:327f
Notes
Photograph, collection of David Denenberg Photo by Dave Cooper
1826 Egyptian
St. Petersburg, Russia (Fontanka River)
Bridgemeister ID:622
References:PTS2
Status:Collapsed, 1905
Main cables:Chain (iron)
1826 Gattonside (Melrose)
Melrose, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Tweed)
Bridgemeister ID:381
Structurae ID:0010131
Coordinates:N 55.602830 W 2.723349
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BC2, BSI, NTB
Principals:Redpath and Brown
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2009)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:300f
Side spans:2
Deck width:4f 4in.
Notes
  • Steel cables added, 1992.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Photo by Dave Cooper
1826 Invalides
Paris, France (Seine River)
Bridgemeister ID:623
Structurae ID:0000226
References:AAJ, MOS, PTS2
Principals:Claude Navier
Use:Vehicular
Status:Demolished, 1826
Main span:557.5f
Notes
  • Failed when almost complete in 1826. MOS: "On the 6th of September, a water-pipe, which was laid in the ground on the side of the Champs Elysées, and came near the abutments on that side of the river, burst, and, softening the ground about the abutment, it gave way under the strain produced by the weight of the bridge."
  • Replaced by 1829 Invalides (l'Allee-d'Antin) - Paris, France.
1826 Jarnac
Jarnac, France (Charente River)
Bridgemeister ID:1729
References:MOS
Principals:J. P. Quénot
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:70m
Deck width:7.75m
1826 Lviny (Lions)
St. Petersburg, Russia (Griboedov Canal)
Bridgemeister ID:973
Structurae ID:0005716
References:WIT
Principals:Wilhem von Traitteur
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:22.4m
Deck width:2.26m
Notes
  • Cable ends "swallowed" by four cast-iron decorative lions at each end.
1826 Menai Strait
Menai Bridge and Bangor vicinity, Wales, United Kingdom (Menai Strait)
Bridgemeister ID:382
Structurae ID:0000091
Coordinates:N 53.221367 W 4.1646
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BBR, BC3, BCO, BDU, BEM, BOU, HBE, MOS, NTB, PTS2
Principals:Thomas Telford
Use:Vehicular (two-lane, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2013)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:579f
Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Irene Crest Photo by Michael Levy Photo by Dave Cooper
1826 Warden (Hexham, West Boat)
Northumberland, England, United Kingdom (South Tyne River)
Bridgemeister ID:383
References:SBR
Principals:Sir Samuel Brown
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1903
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Notes
  • SBR: Replaced, 1903.
1826 Welney
Welney, England, United Kingdom (Hundred Foot River)
Bridgemeister ID:384
References:SBR
Principals:Sir Samuel Brown
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, c. 1926
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Notes
  • Likely replaced 1926. SBR: Replaced "1926 or 1927". Design by Brown.
1827 (chain bridge)
Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA (Merrimack River)
Bridgemeister ID:23
Structurae ID:0008067
References:AAJ, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Principals:Thomas Haven
Status:Replaced, 1840
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:5
Main spans:3
Side spans:2
Notes
  • Multi-span structure distinct from Templeman's 1810 Chain Bridge. Sometimes misidentified as an 1827 replacement to the 1810 Templeman Chain Bridge because of the significant damage to the Templeman bridge in 1827.
Print, collection of David Denenberg
1827 (footbridge)
Denholm, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Teviot)
Bridgemeister ID:1555
Coordinates:N 55.460001 W 2.686394
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Only towers remain, 1875 (last checked, 2009)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Photo by Dave Cooper
1827 Andance
Andance and Andancette, France (Rhône River)
Bridgemeister ID:976
Structurae ID:0008624
Coordinates:N 45.242194 E 4.801638
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:ASB
Principals:Marc Seguin
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2
Notes
  • Destroyed August 30, 1944. Rebuilt 1946.
Photo by David Denenberg
1827 Hammersmith
London, England, United Kingdom (River Thames)
Bridgemeister ID:386
Structurae ID:0008011
References:AAJ, BEM, BTH, HBE, MOS, NTB, ONF, PTS2
Principals:William Tierney Clark
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Replaced
Main cables:Chain
Suspended spans:3
Main span:400f
Side spans:2 x 147f

Notes
Print, collection of David Denenberg.
1827 L'île Barbe
Lyon vicinity, France (Saône River)
Bridgemeister ID:1535
Structurae ID:0008335
Coordinates:N 45.796883 E 4.83055
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, PQL, PTS2
Principals:Favier
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 334.66f
Notes
Photo by David Denenberg
1827 Malapane (Malapana)
Ozimek, Lower Silesia, Poland (Mala Panew "Malapane" River)
Bridgemeister ID:385
References:AAJ
Use:Vehicular
Status:In use (last checked, 2002)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • The country containing this bridge has changed several times. It is currently located in Poland where the river is known as "Mala Panew". AAJ records this bridge as serving the "Malapana mill" across the "Malapane River". "Malapane" is the German name for the Mala Panew River.
Photo by Prof. Andreas Kahlow
1828 Arcole (de la Grève)
Paris, France (Seine River)
Bridgemeister ID:625
Structurae ID:0000214
References:AAJ, MOS, PTS2
Principals:Seguin Brothers
Status:Replaced, 1854
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 133.86f
Deck width:11.48f
1828 Auvers
Auvers-sur-Oise and Méry-sur-Oise, France (Oise River)
Bridgemeister ID:1717
Structurae ID:0017738
Status:Failed, 1887
Notes
  • Destroyed 1870. Rebuilt 1873.
1828 Doux
St Jean de Muzols, France (Doux River)
Bridgemeister ID:1984
Structurae ID:0017173
Status:Removed, 1857
1828 Sablons
Sablons and Serrières, France (Rhône River)
Bridgemeister ID:890
Structurae ID:0001506
References:AAJ, ASB
Principals:Marc Seguin
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1933
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Main spans:2 x 331.38f
Deck width:13.12f

Notes
1828 Sassenage
Sassenage and Grenoble, France (Drac River)
Bridgemeister ID:1728
Status:Replaced, 1938
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1829 (suspension bridge)
Middleham, England, United Kingdom (River Ure)
Bridgemeister ID:387
References:NTB
Principals:Edward Welch, Joseph Hansom
Use:Vehicular
Status:Collapsed
Notes
  • Said to have collapsed under weight of cattle. Appears to have still been standing in 1868. After the collapse it was replaced with an arch bridge.
1829 Argentat
Argentat, France (Dordogne River)
Bridgemeister ID:627
References:AAJ, MOS, PTS2
Principals:L. T. Vicat
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Replaced, 1903
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:328f
1829 Bamberg
Bamberg, Germany (Regnitz River)
Bridgemeister ID:632
References:AAJ, PTS2
Status:Replaced, c. 1880-1890's
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Main span:64.26m
1829 Beaucaire
Beaucaire and Tarascon, France (Rhône River)
Bridgemeister ID:626
Structurae ID:0012664
References:AAJ, ASB, GHD, PTS2
Principals:Jules Seguin, Joseph Chaley
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:4
Main spans:2 x 393.72f
Side spans:2 x 307.1f
Notes
  • Flooring failed, 1887.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1829 Invalides (l'Allee-d'Antin)
Paris, France (Seine River)
Bridgemeister ID:633
Structurae ID:0000897
References:AAJ, MOS, PTS2
Principals:Marie Fortuné de Vergès, Ferdinand Bayard de la Vingtrie
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Replaced, 1855
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Main span:236.5f
Deck width:25.6f

Notes
1829 Montrose
Montrose, Scotland, United Kingdom (South Esk River)
Bridgemeister ID:388
References:AAJ, BEM, BOB, HBE, PTS2, SBR
Principals:Sir Samuel Brown
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1931
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • SBR: March 19, 1830, with a "crowd of people, estimated at 700, ... watching a boat race," a chain broke "plunging most of the people into the river." Repaired. Wrecked by storm 1838. Repaired.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Print, collection of David Denenberg
1829 Palais de Justice
Lyon, France (Saône River)
Bridgemeister ID:546
Structurae ID:0017171
References:PQL
Principals:Seguin Brothers
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1972
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Notes
  • Damaged by flood, 1840. Rebuilt. Bombed, 1944. Repaired, 1945. Location now occupied by a cable-stayed footbridge, completed 1986.
Photograph, collection of David Denenberg
1829 Vienne
Vienne, Isère and Sainte-Colombe, France (Rhône River)
Bridgemeister ID:977
Structurae ID:0005249
Coordinates:N 45.524867 E 4.87035
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:ASB
Principals:Marc Seguin
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2
Notes
  • Damaged by flood in 1840. Rebuilt.
Photo by David Denenberg
1830 (suspension bridge)
Nassau, Germany (Lahn River)
Bridgemeister ID:1667
Structurae ID:0025228
References:AAJ
Principals:Lossen and Wolf
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1926
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:245.56f
Side spans:2 x 38.88f

Notes
1830 Bath
Bath, England, United Kingdom (River Avon)
Bridgemeister ID:389
References:AAJ, MOS, SBR
Principals:T. Shaw
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Main span:118f
1830 Bourg-Saint-Andéol
Bourg-Saint-Andéol, France (Rhône River)
Bridgemeister ID:1719
Structurae ID:0015893
Use:Vehicular
Status:Destroyed, 1944
Main cables:Wire (iron)

Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1830 Feurs
Feurs, France (Loire River)
Bridgemeister ID:1543
References:GHD
Principals:Jules Seguin
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1926
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
1830 Fourques
Fourques and Arles, France (Petit Rhône River)
Bridgemeister ID:1040
Structurae ID:0002998
Coordinates:N 43.688722 E 4.613472
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BPF
Principals:Seguin Brothers
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2
Photo by David Denenberg
1830 Parentignat (Orbeil)
Parentignat and Issoire, France (Allier River)
Bridgemeister ID:1568
Structurae ID:0002115
References:AAJ, BPF
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Closed (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:98.4m
Notes
  • Bypassed, 1973.
1830 Remoulins
Remoulins, France (Gardon River)
Bridgemeister ID:946
Structurae ID:0003005
Coordinates:N 43.936944 E 4.557333
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BPF
Principals:Marc Seguin
Use:Vehicular
Status:Only towers remain, 1938 (last checked, 2002)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:120m
Notes
  • Demolished, 1938. Only towers remain.
Photo by David Denenberg
1830 Stockton Railway
Stockton on Tees, England, United Kingdom (River Tees)
Bridgemeister ID:390
References:AAJ, BEM, HBE, SBR
Principals:Sir Samuel Brown
Use:Rail
Status:Replaced, 1842
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:281f
Notes
  • First railway suspension bridge.
1830 Valence aux Granges
Valence, Drôme, France (Rhône River)
Bridgemeister ID:631
Structurae ID:0009700
References:ASB, PTS2
Principals:Marc Seguin
Use:Vehicular
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 110m
Deck width:7m
Notes
  • Two side spans meeting at a single midstream tower.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1830 Wynch
Middleton-in-Teesdale, England, United Kingdom (River Tees)
Bridgemeister ID:2465
Structurae ID:0022362
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Eyebar (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
Photo by Dave Cooper
1831 Andrézieux
Andrézieux and France (Loire River)
Bridgemeister ID:978
Principals:Seguin Brothers
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1910
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1831 Beauregard
Beauregard, Ain, France (Saône River)
Bridgemeister ID:1713
Structurae ID:0009505
Coordinates:N 46.002033 E 4.749783
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2
Photo by David Denenberg
1831 Belleville (Belleville-sur-Saône)
Belleville, France (Saône River)
Bridgemeister ID:979
Use:Vehicular
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1831 Bry-sur-Marne
Bry-sur-Marne, France (Marne River)
Bridgemeister ID:1668
References:AAJ, PTS2
Principals:Jules Seguin
Use:Vehicular
Status:Destroyed, c.1870
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:249.43f
1831 Condrieu
Condrieu and Les Roches-de-Condrieu, France (Rhône River)
Bridgemeister ID:981
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2
Notes
1831 Decize
Decize, France (Loire River)
Bridgemeister ID:1725
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1904
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1831 Findhorn
Forres, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Findhorn)
Bridgemeister ID:391
References:AAJ, MOS, SBR
Principals:Sir Samuel Brown
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed, 1938
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Was still standing in 1938 when it was bypassed, but was likely demolished some time in 1938.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Print, collection of David Denenberg Photo by Dave Cooper
1831 La Feuillée
Lyon, France (Saône River)
Bridgemeister ID:1520
Structurae ID:0012945
References:PQL
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Demolished, 1910
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~67m
Deck width:7m
Notes
1831 Langon
Langon, Aquitaine, France (Garonne River)
Bridgemeister ID:1732
References:PTS2
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Photo, collection of David Denenberg
1831 Masaryk (Masarik, Mazarik, de la Gare)
Lyon vicinity, France (Saône River)
Bridgemeister ID:543
Structurae ID:0003376
Coordinates:N 45.778267 E 4.809017
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:PQL
Use:Vehicular (one-lane, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 85.2m
Deck width:6.5m
Notes
Photograph, collection of David Denenberg Photo by David Denenberg
1831 Mirabeau
Mirabeau, France (Durance River)
Bridgemeister ID:982
Structurae ID:0012661
Coordinates:N 43.68945 E 5.668267
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BPF
Principals:Jean-François-Theophilus Sauzet
Use:Vehicular
Status:Only towers remain (last checked, 2005)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:150m
Deck width:5.5m
Notes
  • The towers from the older of the two Mirabeau suspension bridges are visible alongside the current crossing.
  • Damaged by flood, 1843. Rebuilt.
  • Replaced by 1935 Mirabeau - Mirabeau, France. Unsure if this was an immediate replacement.
Photo by David Denenberg
1831 Scotswood (Chine)
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, United Kingdom (River Tyne)
Bridgemeister ID:392
Structurae ID:0013208
References:AAJ, BRB, NTB
Principals:John Green
Use:Vehicular (two-lane, with walkway)
Status:Demolished, 1967
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:368f
Side spans:2 x 131f
Deck width:16f 10in roadway, 3ft 3in footway
Notes
  • "Chine" is the Geordie spelling/pronounciation of "Chain", according to The New Geordie Dictionary detailing "the dialect spoken on Tyneside".
  • Widened (19ft 6in roadway, two 6ft walkways), iron chains replaced with steel cables 1931. Bypassed, 1967. Since demolished.
1831 Wellington (Craiglug)
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Dee)
Bridgemeister ID:393
Structurae ID:0021612
Coordinates:N 57.13559 W 2.09560
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:SBR
Principals:Sir Samuel Brown
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2009)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Reconstructed, 1930. Closed to vehicular traffic, 1984. Closed to all traffic 2002. Underwent extensive refurbishment, 2008.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Print, collection of David Denenberg Photo by Dave Cooper Photo by Dave Cooper
1831 Whorlton
Whorlton, England, United Kingdom (River Tees)
Bridgemeister ID:1250
Structurae ID:0014864
Coordinates:N 54.526243 W 1.836740
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:John Green, Benjamin Green
Use:Vehicular
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~53m
Notes
  • Refurbished late 2003, early 2004.
Photo by Dave Cooper
1832 Bercy
Paris, France (Seine River)
Bridgemeister ID:1738
Structurae ID:0017607
References:AAJ
Principals:Marie Fortuné de Vergès
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Replaced, 1860's
Main cables:Eyebar (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:144.36f
Side spans:2 x 147.64f
Deck width:26.25f
1832 Ferdinandeo
Minturno vicinity, Italy (Garigliano River)
Bridgemeister ID:2014
Principals:Luigi Giura
Use:Vehicular
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:80.4m
Notes
  • Destroyed, 1943. Reconstructed, 1998.
1832 L'Ile-Bouchard
L'Ile-Bouchard and Saint-Gilles, France (Vienne River)
Bridgemeister ID:1605
References:AAJ
Use:Vehicular (one-lane, with walkway)
Status:Destroyed, 1944
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:262.48f, 278.89f
Deck width:13.12f
Notes
  • AAJ describes this as two bridges separated by the island: one between Saint-Gilles and the island and one between the island and Saint-Maurice.
1832 La Roche-Posay (La Roche-Posay-les-Bains)
La Roche-Posay, France (Creuse River)
Bridgemeister ID:1601
Use:Vehicular
Status:Replaced, 1937
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1

Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1832 Les Vans
Les Vans, France (Chassezac River)
Bridgemeister ID:2415
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Suspended spans:1
1832 Marlow
Marlow, England, United Kingdom (River Thames)
Bridgemeister ID:394
Structurae ID:0008004
Coordinates:N 51.56735 W 0.773567
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BEM, BRB, BTH, MOS, NTB
Principals:William Tierney Clark
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2
Deck width:30f
Photo by Dave Cooper
1832 Neuville-sur-Saône
Neuville-sur-Saône, France (Saône River)
Bridgemeister ID:1737
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2

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