I for Iron Bridge

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I - ironbridge tolls

Following on from my bridge last week is another iron bridge, this time from Shropshire and much closer to home. This Iron Bridge is in the Severn Gorge and has a town named after it. It was the first arch bridge in the world to be built from cast-iron and it opened on New Year’s Day 1781, the result of work by the architect Thomas Pritchard (whose work can be seen in many Shropshire towns including Ludlow) and Abraham Darby III.

I - ironbridge

It is one of the great symbols of the Industrial Revolution and visited by many.  Directly across from the bridge is the Tontine Hotel.

I - ironbridge from the ironbridge

The word Tontine is a noun “an annuity scheme by which several subscribers invest in a common fund out of which they receive an annuity that increases as subscribers die until the last survivor takes all!”.

The idea of building a hotel here started as soon as people realised the attraction of the Iron Bridge. Those involved in the venture included Abraham Darby III, Samuel Darby, William & Richard Reynolds, John Wilkinson, Joseph Rathbone and others who were involved in the construction of the bridge.

The hotel opened in 1784. Inside are Victorian fireplaces with the traditional tiles of the area, photographs showing the area in different stages, with coracle men and their coracles, people standing on the river under the bridge when it froze on the 5th February 1917, collections of old local bottles etc.

source: Ironbridge Tourist Information and Visitor Centre.

view from bridge
View from bridge

If you ever find yourself in Shropshire, then try to make some time to visit this once heavily industrialised, now pleasantly picturesque, town, not just for the Iron Bridge, but also its many other attractions.

H for Harbour Bridge (Sydney)

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore. Opened March 19 1932. Wikipedia
Manly Ferry
Manly Ferry

I have walked across it, driving across in a car, taken a train over and driven under in the tunnel. I have climbed up one of the towers you can see at either end to get some lovely photographs, but I have never climbed the bridge, and I never will!

If you have a spare AUS$200 then maybe you’d like to try it? Or perhaps you have.

Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the Manly Ferry
Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the Manly Ferry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

Earlier this week, the Daily Post talked about taking three-picture stories. Read the article for more ideas.

So the challenge this week is to share a story of your own using this format.

This is something I often do, though not necessarily in threes, but I do like to take an overview of a scene or subject, then home in on one or two elements relating to the subject and often include a close-up shot of some detail that catches my eye. Architecture, Landscapes, Travel and Gardens lend themselves to this sort of photography, but it can be used for any subject you like.

Bath Covered Bridge, New Hampshire

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Bath Covered Bridge 1

First a shot of the Haverhill-Bath historic covered bridge over the Ammonoosuc River in New Hampshire. Look carefully – in the background you can just see the steeple of the clap-board church.

Bath Church and Store 1

The second image shows the church in context with the neighbouring store

bath sign 1

and the final shot is a close-up of the sign above the bridge entrance. Do they tell a story? You tell me.

If you would like to see what others have come up with for this challenge then go to the Daily Post @ WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge 

C for Connecting Corridor Cesky Krumlov

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Connecting Corridor

 

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Bridges

Ed is a truck driving photographer from Tennessee who hosts a photography challenge blog called Sunday Stills here on WordPress.

This week Ed would like to see Bridges

Above: The Ribble Viaduct. It is the longest and most famous viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, a railway line passing through some spectacular British scenery. The viaduct is curved, and so may be seen by passengers on the train.

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