Aesthetics versus function: the fall of the Dee bridge, 1847

@article{Lewis2004AestheticsVF,
  title={Aesthetics versus function: the fall of the Dee bridge, 1847},
  author={P. R. Lewis and C. Gagg},
  journal={Interdisciplinary Science Reviews},
  year={2004},
  volume={29},
  pages={177 - 191}
}
  • P. R. Lewis, C. Gagg
  • Published 2004
  • Art
  • Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
  • Abstract Numerous new bridges were needed when the railway line from London to Holyhead in Wales was built in the 1840s. The project's chief engineer, Robert Stephenson, chose a cast iron girder design to cross the river Dee just outside Chester, and the bridge was finished in November 1846. About six months later, on 24 May 1847, a local train was crossing the final span when one of the girders failed suddenly, sending most of the train crashing into the river below. Five lives were lost. The… CONTINUE READING
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