Brunel Swivel BridgeBrunel's Other Bridge

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Brunel Swivel Bridge Project

Brunel Swivel Bridge
Brunel Swivel Bridge in 1906
Brunel Swivel Bridge
1849 Tubular Bridge with wheels on circular track under the A370 Plimsoll Bridge.
Brunel Swivel Bridge
Aerial view
Brunel Swivel Bridge
Map showing it crossing the lock!

Rusting away

Investigative repairs to save the bridge were successfully done in
January 2015 on the base of the beam. We need help to complete the project and stop the rot before it is too late.
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Rust on the beam
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Bucket of Rust under turntable
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Rust in the base of the beam



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PLEASE HELP US SAVE BRUNELís OTHER BRIDGE. WE HAVE GIVEN UP OUR TIME WILLINGLY TO SAVE THIS FORGOTTEN GRADE II* LISTED BRIDGE. PLEASE HELP US BY PROVIDING DONATIONS LARGE OR SMALL.

JUST PRESS THE BUTTON. EVERY LITTLE HELPS. AND PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD AROUND TOO.

The latest estimated total costs of restoring the bridge and putting it back into commission is £695,000 and would take 9 months.

The donation link is: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/brunelsswivelbridge.

We have also created a project on http://www.neighbourly.com to help us fund raise for our HLF bid

or you can send a cheque payable to
Avon Industrial Buildings Trust to:
The Treasurer, Thatched Wells, Duckhole, Thornbury, BS35 1LD.

Leaflet

Leaflet giving information, asking for support and how to make a donation

Please note that the donation link is now: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/brunelsswivelbridge rather than justgiving.

Introduction

The SWIVEL BRIDGE is Brunel's first large wrought iron opening bridge, it is far older than the Suspension Bridge, and is Bristol's only abandoned Brunel structure. The Bridge is listed Grade 2* and is on English Heritage's Buildings at Risk Register. The bridge rotates on four fixed wheels in contact with a solid ring under the bridge. The bridge was turned by a hydraulic mechanism of twin rams located in pits that are connected to a turning ring under the bridge via a substantial wire cable. The original turning mechanism prior to conversion to hydraulic machinery was a hand turned crank similar to that used on old train turntables. The pistons and chains are still in position. The original hydraulic system ran on fresh water supplied from a pressurised water system sited in Underfall Yard.

Key historical points may be summarised as follows:

Dimensions:

This project has been supported by CHIS for many years. We now have BIAS, AIBT and the Hotwells and Cliftonwood Society to help as well and do some dirty work. The initial refurbishment project is being led by Geoff Wallis of Dorothea Restorations (gwconservation@gmail.com).

We need your help.

2016

Investigations being carried by professional contractors January 2016 into plate thickness, foundation survey, hydraulic study. This was paid for by grants from Historic England.

Volunteers still have useful work to do including clearing rust from inside the holed parts, inspecting interiors, measuring plate-thickness, fitting the timber stops, gardening, refitting the ram that was removed, clearing silt from pits, painting, etc.

Volunteer Working days: 2016 Likely dates of work for 2016 (We will working 'one day per month' normally on SATURDAYS rather than a whole weekend):

Contact Maggie Shapland so we have an idea of numbers.

Details of work

Details of progress


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