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Britain’s Treasures

The Bristol landmark stands among Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s mightiest creations, but the giant of engineering didn’t live to see his “first love” reach completion

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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