On this date in history… January 30, 1826…
The Menai Suspension Bridge opens. It is the world’s first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the northwest coast of Wales.
The Menai Suspension Bridge (Welsh: Pont Grog y Borth) was designed by Thomas Telford and completed in 1826.
A representation of the Menai Bridge is featured on the reverse of British one pound coins minted in 2005. The coin was designed by Edwins Ellis.
The Menai Bridge is mentioned in one of Lewis Carroll’s works –White Knight to Alice: “I heard him then, for I had just completed my design, To keep the Menai bridge from rust By boiling it in wine.”
—”Haddocks’ Eyes”, Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll
Other suspension bridges –
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