Recently we visited one of my favourite places, the little town of Ironbridge in Shropshire. I've been looking back at photographs to see when we last visited and it seems to have been in February 2017 when I took the photo below, although we did pass through after our visit to Coalbrookdale in March last year because I remember that the bridge was covered over.
Designed by Thomas Farnolls Pritchard the iron bridge at Ironbridge, an iconic monument of Britain's industrial heritage, was completed in 1779 and opened in 1781. After a detailed survey it was found that the bridge, which is cared for by English Heritage, was under threat of cracking and needed urgent repairs to safeguard its future. Project Iron Bridge began in Autumn 2017 and for most of last year the bridge was covered over as restoration work was done
Both the cast iron and masonry elements of the bridge have been repaired. The entire structure has been cleaned and repainted and it is now restored to its original red-brown colour just as it was shown in a painting of 1780 by William Williams. I'm not sure of copyright so here is a link to the painting.
After walking over the bridge and taking a few more photos we had a wander around a few of the shops.
It was a lovely sunny morning but quite chilly.
There was still a smell of the paint used on the bridge in the air.
There weren't many people about around the bridge although cars were parked all over and the coffee shops were bustling.
We bought a newspaper, had a nose in a charity shop and the wonderful bookshop.
Do you like the return to the original colour or the grey? I must admit that I quite like the rusty brown colour now I've seen it.