Essay PreviewMore ↓
The Iron Bridge first constructed in 1779 and completed in 1781 was built for many reasons.
The most important reasons being the terrible weather conditions and the frequent flooding of the river Severn, sometime the water levels reaching extreme heights, also an increase in industry in that area.
Before the bridge was built ferries were used to ship goods across the river but during winter months and spring the river was inaccessible. The nearest bridge was over a mile away in the adjacent town.
People were not happy with the ferries as Shadrax Fox experienced
"The journey normally was no more than a ten minute episode but we were pushed hither and thither by the wind tossed waves. I clung to the sides as the little vessel was swept downstreamâ€¦ after a full three quarters of an hour we reached the shore" - Shadrax Fox, 1704
Some people were not so lucky as Shadrax Fox and on the night of 22nd
October 1799, 27 people drowned when the ferry overturned.
The decision to build a bridge came in 1775 when a group of people
interested in building a bridge decided to buy shares in the bridge.
Since Abraham Darby III had bought the most shares it seems appropriate for him to build it with the help of designer Thomas Farnolls Pritchard.
Since Abraham Darby was already involved in the Iron Industry it was an obvious thing for him to build the bridge out of metal, saving time and money.
The bridge was built at the narrowest point of the river also saving time and money and as there was no technology for a suspension bridge it was an arch bridge.
How to Cite this Page
"Building of the Iron Bridge and Its Impact on the Surrounding Area." 123HelpMe.com. 01 Apr 2020
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The boom of mining iron ore, coal, and limestone and producing iron in north Alabama during the 1800s had a tremendous impact on Alabama’s economy of the time. It provided opportunity for the expansion of the railroad and work. Cities were born around this industrial boom. All of these things encouraged economic growth in Alabama during this time. Alabama: A Documentary History to 1900 states “it is a truism that the Civil War altered the economic life of the south” (Griffith, Alabama: A Documentary History to 1900).... [tags: mining, iron, ore, coal, limestone, north Alabama]
1061 words (3 pages)
- Over 39 years have passed since the nationwide ban of a well-known pesticide, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) (1), yet it still has an important role in public health as well as the environment. DDT is a persistent toxin, having a long half-life of 2 to 15 years terrestrially and 150 years aquatically (as cited in 5). It was originally used in World War II to control malaria and yellow fever then became a main staple in pesticide control for crops. Because DDT was a highly effective pesticide for malaria it is still used in areas where the disease is prevalent.... [tags: Use, Impact, Importance]
632 words (1.8 pages)
- One of the pie slices that make a large impact on the biodiversity of the world is land system change. Land-system change is measured in the percent of forested area compared to the original forested area. The boundary for the amount of forested area that the world needs before we begin to experience issues is 75%, approximately 85% of the tropical biome, 50% of the temperate biome needs to be covered for the world to function properly with minimal issues in relation to land system use. Currently we are at 62% of the earth’s potential forested areas surviving.... [tags: Pollution, Water, Stream, River]
2000 words (5.7 pages)
- Walt Disney, the man behind the magic, once said, “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” With that in mind, Team 967, the Iron Lions, strive to encourage as many people as possible to see the potential in themselves through STEM and FIRST programs. FIRST is the stepping stone many young students are taking throughout their primary school years and up into middle and high school. The program itself aims to inspire leadership in all ages while infusing science and technology with crucial values such as confidence, determination, and persistence.... [tags: High school, High School Musical, Middle school]
1437 words (4.1 pages)
- Changing Families and the Impact on Surrounding Systems Introduction The changing composition of the family unit in the United States has been attributed to several factors including historical events, changing cultural values, economic trends, and government policies. There is a reciprocal impact between changes that have occurred in each of these major systems. Several theories have been presented in an attempt to explain events that occur in both micro and macro social systems. With regard to the family unit, many theories could be applied to explain changes that have transpired.... [tags: Family Psychology ]
2325 words (6.6 pages)
- The changing composition of the family unit in the United States has been attributed to several factors including historical events, changing cultural values, economic trends, and government policies. There is a reciprocal impact between the changes that have occurred in each of these major systems. Several theories have been presented in an attempt to explain events that occur in both micro and macro social systems. With regard to the family unit, many theories could be applied to explain changes that have transpired.... [tags: Family Units, Economy, Policies]
1090 words (3.1 pages)
- Iron is this starting point for steelmaking which has performed as a backbone to the advancement of modern technology and is vital to the upbringing of the future. It acts as the predominant reason for the industrial revolution. The foundation that is iron, more industrially known as Cast Iron has been given the second honour as it is the one of the cheapest materials for engineering, when taken to molten temperatures it gains the ability to be cast into intricate shapes. Cast Iron has been sub-divided into 5 different classes when the composition is changed or tampered with.... [tags: cast iron, steelmaking, air pollutants, waste]
1717 words (4.9 pages)
- In everyday life people of all backgrounds make decisions that can be both wrong or right. Many of these are ethical decisions that one makes believing it is the right thing to do. Only the people around can tell them if it is correct or not. A great example is the movie Iron Man. The main protagonist, Tony Stark makes several ethical decisions; some wrong and some right. One ethical decision is when Tony Stark decided to stop creating weapons because he was a reason those weapons were being used by terrorists, harming many people.... [tags: Iron Man, Superhero, Stark Industries, War Machine]
911 words (2.6 pages)
- New and exciting technologies have always played a huge role in the culture of American people. When the motion picture came out it was no surprise that both consumers and producers were more than happy to get in on the action. Back in the 1920’s film was still pretty new and was only in black and white with no sound, but the films were always accompanied by orchestral pieces to help set the mood. The art of movie-making has come a long way since then with the addition of not only color and audio, but new techniques and new ideas.... [tags: Kid, Iron Jawed Angels,]
1321 words (3.8 pages)
- Iron ore is Australia’s highest valued and most successful commodity export (see Figure 1). Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, this mining industry played a key role in both Australia’s and the global economy. The change in the industry was brought about, particularly, by the many operations and movements resulting from globalisation that pushed Australia’s exports further than they had ever been. In 2007, “Australia produced around 16% of the world's iron ore and was ranked third behind China (32%) and Brazil (19%)” (Minerals Council of Australia, 2008).... [tags: Iron Ore Mining Mines]
1889 words (5.4 pages)
- Topography and Geographic Region Analysis for Tourists
- Evaluation of Sociological Theories
- Failure of the July Plot in 1944
- The Importance of the Opposition of Other Countries in Ending Apartheid in South Africa
- The Benefits and Implications of Improving Plant Productivity
- Sympathizing with Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
Iron was a lot harder wearing than timber would be and this proved a strong quality when withstanding the terrific currents.
Once the Iron Bridge had been completed in 1781 many tourists flocked to see this magnificent sight. The impact on Industry seemed to boom as did tourism and traffic.
Pretty soon a hotel had to be built. The Tontine Hotel was built for
tourists wanting to visit the Iron Bridge and stay in the Ironbridge area.
The hotel later had to be expanded as the numbers of tourists rose.
Goods could now be transported safely all year round making profits and industry increase. The bad conditions crossing the river had made many workers reluctant to cross as it was a risk to them and the goods they were crossing with.
There was an increase in traffic on the roads as more tourists were coming.
Now with the bridge in place goods could be shipped all the time.
There were far more job opportunities as industries such as China , brickworks, lead smeltering and became greater. The Coalport china factory was at one point the largest in the world.
Darby also built a church which he funded and religious people liked this.
Tourism was helped by it greatly and a market was set up as well.
It wasn't just the town of Ironbridge which was affected; it affected many worldwide industries.