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Chain Bridge

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Accessible by foot and restored and reopened to the public during 2015, having originally been built in 1817 to transport coal to the A5. The bridge provide a strong link between the Llangollen railway and the canal. A perfect way to cross the River Dee.

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Chain Bridge

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Accessible by foot and restored and reopened to the public during 2015, having originally been built in 1817 to transport coal to the A5. The bridge provide a strong link between the Llangollen railway and the canal. A perfect way to cross the River Dee.

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  • Location Llangollen, LL20 8BS
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The chain Bridge is a footbridge over the River Dee at Berwyn, Llangollen. A pathway from Berwyn railway station, now part of the Llangollen Railway, leads under a subway and down to the bridge and then across to the Chain Bridge Hotel on the other side. It was one of the first chain bridges in the world.
It was originally built in 1813 by local coal merchant, Exuperius Pickering to open up a transport route for coal, lime and stone from the Shropshire Union Canal across the River Dee, to Telford's recently completed London to Holyhead road ( A5.) The bridge allowed Pickering to bypass the Llangollen toll bridge further downstream and transfer coal from his mines near Acrefair up the canal towards Corwen.
It was later rebuilt using the existing chains by Henry Robertson a railway engineer and industrialist in 1876 and later by his son Sir Henry Beyer Robertson who was the head of Brymbo Steelworks in 1929, who rebuilt the suspension bridge we see today, reusing the old chain links as suspension cables. It has recently been completely restored after years of closure using HLF funding and is now a popular link for tourist who can travel by train from Llangollen to Berwyn station, hop off and cross this marvelous suspension bridge, meet the canal at the other side and take a stroll to Horseshoe Falls, where the World Heritage Site begins.