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The Gallery | Must-see images of Brunel's 150-year-old Clifton Suspension Bridge

Spectacular images have been released of Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge to mark the cherished structure’s 150th anniversary.

The bridge was opened on 8 December 1864 to link Clifton with Leigh Woods over the Avon Gorge and the River Avon in the West Country.

It was based upon designs drawn up by lauded civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel when he was only 24. Sadly Brunel died at the age of 53 but the bridge was completed five years later.

The structure weighs 1,500t, spans 214m and sits 75m above the water level at high tide.

Current ICE president David Balmforth said: “The Clifton Suspension Bridge  is testament to the ingenuity and patience of the civil engineering profession and continues to inspire and amaze all who see it.

“The grand scale of the bridge typifies Brunel’s famous ambition to push society forward, and demonstrates the vision and tenacity of Victorian engineering.

“I am proud of our institution’s members for completing the project following Brunel’s death – it was a fitting tribute to his life and his remarkable contribution to civil engineering.”

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