Did you know, one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history was born in Portsmouth?
His name was Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
The very first iron bridge was designed by Brunel and built in 1838 with nuts and bolts pieced together to form the structure. The bridge was discovered buried for almost a century at Bishop’s Bridge Road in Paddington. This was a significant and important archaeological find.
The bridge was discovered by Steven Brindle, who was working on Brunels notebooks for his epic Great Western Railway project. Steven, an English Heritage expert was seeking to find details of load testing on cast iron beams for a canal bridge at Paddington.
It was found that a contract for the bridges demolition was about to be signed. Fortunately Westminster council stopped work whilst the plans were drawn up to de-construct and store Brunel’s work.