Bath bridge to get art honour.

The bridge will get an official re-opening in mid-January.
The bridge will get an official re-opening in mid-January.
The bridge will get an official re-opening in mid-January.

Bath’s own Victoria Suspension Bridge is back in business – after a very expensive and extensive refurbishment – and due to get its official reopening within weeks.

The Virtual Museum has learned that sections of the old metalwork are being used to create an art installation that will be positioned on the riverbank near this historic stricture. More details to follow.

Decorative detail on the old Destructor Bridge.
Decorative detail on the old Destructor Bridge.

Meanwhile – further downstream – the old Destructor Bridge continues to wait for its own destruction!

It has always been hoped that the more decorative parts of this structure will be saved for some sort of fitting memorial to an old working crossing that served two masters – the Midland Railway and Bath City Council..

Following on from the publication of this story. I received an email from Bath author, publisher and historian Kirsten Elliot. She gave me permission to use the material enclosed with it.

Kirsten said: ‘You might be interested in this report I did for EH (English Heritage) to say (belatedly, I admit) that they had been over-hasty in refusing to list it. Sadly, EH does not like being told things and refused, but I think you can see why I changed my mind and decided that it merited listing. Please use freely.’

Please click on the link below to read this report.

destructor bridge survey