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1829. Excerpt: ... NEW IRON BRIDGE, BATH. The present age is
distinguished for improvements in all the useful as well as
ornamental arts; and iron, from" its abundance and comparative
cheapness, has been employed for various purposes: hence cylinders,
beams, and pumps for steam-engines, boats and barges for canals and
navigable rivers, and, lastly, bridges have been constructed of
this material. Iron bridges possess the advantages of lightness,
strength, and durability, combined with a superior elegance of
form; and as the termination of a great public road, as it enters
the precincts of a first-rate city, this erection, in every respect
of a superior description, is peculiarly appropriate. This new road
is considerably shorter than the old one through Walcot; it enters
the suburb of Bathwick nearly opposite to Sydney Gardens, and the
City near its centre, by a second passage over the Avon at Pulteney
Bridge. QUEEN SQUARE, BATH. This elegant Square is on the
north-west, on high ground, airy, pleasant, and healthy; forming a
conspicuous and highly ornamental object from almost every part of
the City. It is in length from north to south, between the
buildings, three hundred and sixteen feet; and from east to west,
the breadth is three hundred and six feet. In the centre there is
an enclosure, according to the original design, measuring equally
on each side two hundred and six feet: there was originally a
reservoir, supplied with clear water from a natural spring; and an
obelisk rose from the centre of the reservoir to the height of
seventy feet from the foundation; but as, from some cause or other,
the spring that supplied the water has been destroyed, or carried
off in some other direction, the place has been filled up, and
earth raised against the base of the obelisk, by wh...
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