Penarth Dock, South Wales - 150 years - the heritage and legacy  
Penarth Dock, South Wales - the heritage & legacy . . .

Volume Nine - Pre-Victorian to the present day - even more aspects - The Work of Martin J. Ridley - Photographer . . .

Clarence Bridge, Cardiff

Clarence Bridge, Cardiff - The bridge over the River Taff from Grangetown to Butetown and the Docks. The following excellent technical description of the bridge is authored by David Webb, a volunteer at the Glamorgan Archives [599] : -

'Designed by Borough Engineer William Harpur, the bridge had an unusual design. The height of the River Taff (which was tidal at this point) precluded placing girders underneath the deck so they were placed above, but enclosed only the carriageway. Pedestrian footways ran outside the girders on either side. With a total length of 460 feet, the bridge had three spans; and to allow river traffic to pass, the central span could be rotated through ninety degrees.'

Another heritage postcard record held within the Penarth Dock Collection. [001] [M.J.R.- B.7736] [NLW reference : Ridley 2031]

 
Clarence Bridge, Cardiff
Clarence Bridge, Cardiff
Clarence Bridge, Cardiff
Clarence Bridge, Cardiff
Clarence Bridge, Cardiff - A copy of a postcard showing No. 2 tram with the destination board 'Cathedral Road' advancing along the 1890 bridge. Children and adults alike in the foreground pose for the cameraman ; the man being none other than Mr. Martin J. Ridley. A digital record from the archive of the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth of the work of Martin J. Ridley, photographer during the years 1900 to 1910. The archive record is a black and white, glass dry-plate negative. [439] [Preferred citation : Ridley 2031] [20190302]
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