Stowell Park Suspension Bridge
Wilcot, Wiltshire KAC42.60

KandAC mile 43
Stowell Park Suspension Bridge is an private accommodation bridge over the canal, serving Stowell Park on the north side, giving access to Lower Bristow Copse on the south side of the canal.
The bridge is an elegant web of iron; Dredge's Patent; 42 miles 60 chains from Reading. It was erected at the private expense of Colonel Wroughton of Wilcot, 1845.
headroom 11ft6ins
depth of water 5ft10ins
Stowell Park Suspension Bridge, from the west. The suspension is from wrought iron chains not wire ropes.
The lacy structure is lost in the enveloping larches.
A cast iron suspension post.
James Dredge was an engineer in business in Devizes; the bridge was made in Bath. All except one other of 50 bridges to his design have all gone; the other is the Victoria Suspension Bridge in Bath, a larger version of the design. The design has a 'taper principle' in the arrangement of the wrought iron suspension bars. At the join of each link in the suspension chain the long inclined links resist twisting; the number of links reduces towards the centre.
McQuillan, Don: 1994 (Feb): From Brewer to Bridge Builder; reflections on the life and work of James Dredge: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: vol.102: pp.34-42

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