In 1973, for example, a reinforced concrete strut was built across the bed of the river to brace the two abutments.
In 1999–2000 English Heritage, together with the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, carried out a full archaeological survey, record and analysis of the bridge.
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As industry around the gorge grew, so did the need for a strong and durable bridge to transport goods across the river.
Ironwork is any weapon, artwork, utensil or architectural feature made of iron especially used for decoration.
There are two main types of ironwork: wrought iron and cast iron.
The radical new structure, which formally opened on New Year’s Day 1781, used a total of 378 tons of iron at a cost of around £6,000 – significantly more than the £3,200 first estimated.
The fusion of natural beauty and industrial activity around the Severn Gorge attracted many artists and writers.