More #Menai Suspension Bridge & Strait #Photography

The Menai Bridge was the first iron suspension bridge in the world. Built by Thomas Telford, work began in 1819 and was completed and the bridge opened in 1926. Up until then the only crossing was a dangerous one by boat.

Just to the middle-ish left of the picture, just about visible, is a tiny church, tucked away at the base of the hill.

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I must find the way down there.

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And looking as though it’s almost under the bridge is a house which, if I’m not mistaken, was featured in the TV programme, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

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You might wonder who in their right mind would have built houses in the middle of the Strait when it’s liable to such flooding as below. This stretch of the Strait is called The Swellies for obvious reasons and it’s situated between the two bridges – The Suspension Bridge and The Britannia Bridge. 

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But…there was method in the madness as the next photo explains. 

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It does seem an extreme way to fish although it worked very well as a fish trap and I imagine the catch was worth it. In the late 19th century when the island was acquired by a private buyer, a herring/whitebait business was developed. Due to an increase in tourism in the 20th century, it became fashionable for people to visit the island and enjoy (?) a Gorad Whitebait Tea. They would follow a footpath to shore where a bell was placed for the purpose of summoning a boat from the island to transport them across.

20 thoughts on “More #Menai Suspension Bridge & Strait #Photography

  1. Tea on that island sounds grand. What really snagged my interest was the chapel. I love exploring old graveyards and by the look of those headstones, there must be some amazing history tucked away in that chapel yard. Beautiful!

    My current series of novels (A Thousand Yesteryears, A Cold Tomorrow) is based on the history (and folklore) related to the tragic collapse of a suspension bridge at the height of rush hour traffic. To this day, the fall of Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant, West Virginia remains one of the worst bridge disasters in U.S. history. It opened in 1927 and plummeted into the Ohio River in 1967, a few weeks before Christmas Day. The town of Point Pleasant was forever altered as a result….again, so much history there. I’m drawn to things like that.

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    • A visit to the chapel is definitely on the cards. I love the history too. What a terrible tragedy, I’m sure things were never the same. I admit to having slight misgivings when crossing bridges…

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  2. I like the architecture and brains behind bridges but I don’t cross them.
    Gorgeous photo, Cathy. I’d love to wander through that graveyard to read all the markers. How quaint. No, I wouldn’t want to live there either. Not a bad place to visit but that’s about it. 🙂

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  3. Fabulous photos. I love the little church and cemetery. Reading the markers would be a lovely way to spend the afternoon. The fish trap is interesting. Anyone who lives in that house would have to have an evacuation plan, but the cleanup afterward would be pure drudgery. Bridges? I love them. They are great engineering masterpieces. Excellent post.

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