Photographs of the Menai Suspension Bridge spanning the Menai Strait
Vistas of the historic Menai Suspension Bridge spanning the Menai Straits, Isle of Anglesey, North Wales
The historic Menai Suspension Bridge was designed by civil engineer Thomas Telford and completed on January 30th, 1826.
At the time of it's completion Menai Bridge was the largest suspension bridge in the world and was a groundbreaking piece of engineering.
The bridge spans the dangerous tidal waters of the Menai Straits linking the Isle of Anglesey with the mainland.
The suspension bridge is largely made of wrought iron stone, with 16 colossal chains holding up 579-feet of deck, this was crucially important at the time of the bridge's completion because
it allowed 100-foot of clear space beneath, allowing tall sailing ships to navigate the seaway to pass safely underneath, whilst spanning the Menai Strait at it's narrowest point.
The bridge also ensured the travel time from London to Holyhead was dramatically reduced.
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