Notes on the Geography of The United Kingdom: Ironbridge: Photo 2
It wasn't Darby's idea: credit for planning the world's first weight-bearing cast-iron bridge goes to Thomas Pritchard, an architect who died before the bridge's completion. Darby was commissioned to build the thing and was stuck paying for its completion. He wound up using 379 tons of iron and at his death, a bit over a decade later, was still paying for the thing.
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