World’s first iron bridge gets original colour back after restoration

World’s first iron bridge gets original colour back after restoration

For years it has been a metallic blue-grey colour. But now the world’s first major iron bridge is to be restored to its original dark red-brown hue.

The Iron Bridge in Shropshire – which was a turning point in engineering when built in 1779 – is to be repainted as part of a £3.6million conservation project.

A team of six painters will use 2,400 litres of paint to coat every cast-iron rib, radial and brace in the 100ft span.

For many years The Iron Bridge in Shropshire has been a metallic blue-grey colour

English Heritage took advantage of the enormous scaffolding currently covering the bridge to undertake detailed research into its former colour, discovering samples of the earliest paintwork. 

Analysis revealed that the cast iron was originally covered in a very dark red-brown lead-based oil paint.The bridge, which

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