The South Portland Street pedestrian suspension bridge across the river Clyde in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland. It links Clyde Street on the north bank to Carlton Place on the south. The bridge opened in 1853, replacing an earlier wooden one.
Originally opened as a toll bridge to enable pedestrain access to the new villas then being being built on the south side of the river Clyde, this is a fine example of Victorian engineering.
The bridge was begun in 1851 and suffered a set-back during its construction.
After the masonry towers had been completed and the main suspension chains erected, the south tower split from top to bottom. The Greek triumphal arch towers now seen in the bridge were the result of a substantial re-build.
In 1870 the bridge closed for extensive repairs. The chains and deck were completely removed, the wrought iron bars forming the chains were re-headed and additional bars provided, the timber deck was replaced by wrought iron framework and the deck profile was lowered by about 7ft.
The deck and hangers were again substantially renewed in 1926. However, the masonry towers remain as originally built in 1853, and are therefore the oldest surviving elements in Glasgow’s Clyde bridges.
The bridge is now quite stunning after sunset, thanks to a recently installed lighting system, part of Glasgow’s programme of highlighting its architectural heritage.
Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Sigma 18-200mm lens
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Focal length 18 mm
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