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No disrespect to the suspension bridge, but it's not direct from the great man's drawing board. This fine wrought-iron construction is, though no longer used. It's IKB's swing-bridge for the south lock of the floating harbour, and it's rivetted tubular girder construction is a forerunner of his magnificent bridge at Saltash.

It now lies disused under the Plimsoll swing-bridge. When the New Entrance (or North) lock was constructed in the eighteen seventies the engineer pinched it to bridge the new lock. But he then had to replace the old bridge, which he did by using Brunel's drawings. It's this replica, cut down and immobile, that provides access today.

There's a plan afoot to re-use this somewhere. I hope it doesn't come to fruition soon: it's much more interesting as it stands, with what is possibly its original slew ring visible through the gaps in the planked decking.

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  • Updated Jul 12, 2011
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