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Captain Vincenzo Lunardi with his Assistant George Biggin, and M

Iron Bridge, crossing the River Severn in Shropshire, was opened in 1781—the first arch bridge in the world to be made of cast iron. On 20th July 1784, John Byng writes in his diary:

“Of the iron bridge over the Severn, which we crossed and where we stop’d for half an hour, what shall I say? That it must be the admiration, as it is one of the wonders, of the world. It was cast in 1778, the arch is 100 feet…

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