Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol
The Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of the most iconic sights in the city of Bristol. The bridge has been attracting visitors for almost 150 years. The bridge spans the picturesque Avon Gorge. This bridge joins Bristol and North Somerset. It is entirely funded by tolls since its inauguration in 1864.
In the year 1754, wine merchant William Vick had left 1000 pounds in his will to the society of merchants who managed the port of Bristol. He also stated that when the money grew to 10000 pounds it should be used to construct a toll free stone bridge across the Gorge. But, the construction of a stone bridge was not possible as it would block the large ships from entering Bristol.
By 1829, 8000 pounds were collected. There was a hunt for a plan of constructing the bridge. A competition was announced to find the best plan. The statement of the competition is as stated below: