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Britain’s Treasures

BRITAIN’S TREASURES… CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE Bristol

Before he died in 1754, Bristol wine merchant William Vick bequeathed £1,000 (around £140,000 today) in his will for one specific purpose: it should be used to build a stone bridge over the Avon Gorge, linking the village of Clifton with Leigh Woods. It was a grand ambition, yet Vick knew the project would have to wait until the technology of the day matched his vision – until that time, he stipulated that the money should be left to gather interest.

LOOKING GORGE-OUS Brunel’s bridge, now an iconic part of the Bristol skyline, was also the site of the first modern bungee jump, in 1979
LAMY X2, ALAN RUSSELL/ZEDPHOTO.COM X1, CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE TRUST X1, GETTY X3
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In this month’s issue… Who killed JFK? We know Lee Harvey Oswald pulled a trigger, but was he a lone gunman or part of a larger conspiracy? Plus: Elizabeth’s I love rival; the Irish Potato Famine; Picasso’s most prolific year; the medieval knight who’s travels made him more famous than Marco Polo; the Top 10 art controversies and the legend of the Bermuda Triangle.

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