The Menai Bridge

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The Menai Bridge (completed in 1826) is seen from the mainland looking south-west with Plas Newydd in the centre. It is the masterpiece of the Scottish engineer Thomas Telford and was by far the widest suspension bridge at the time. Prior to its construction the quickest ferry crossing took 40 minutes. The 1st Marquess at first opposed the project, but later agreed on condition that some rocks in the narrow passage of the strait were blown up so as to ensure safe navigation. In the 1930s the chains were replaced and the deck radically altered.

National Trust, Plas Newydd



The Menai Bridge




oil on canvas


H 94.5 x W 134.5 cm

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on long-term loan, since 1976

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Llanfairpwll, Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn) LL61 6DQ Wales

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