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The Fall of Yarmouth Suspension Bridge: A Norfolk Disaster

by Gareth H. H. Davies

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The Fall of Yarmouth Suspension Bridge: A Norfolk Disaster explores this terrible 19th century event in which 78 lost their lives. Along with the Tay Bridge Disaster, it can be seen as one of the worst engineering bridge failures of the century. The author, Gareth Davies, explores all aspects of the disaster up to the present day including its legacy and memory.

Friday 2nd May 1845 was a day of disaster in Great Yarmouth. Crowds had flocked to the suspension bridge across the River Bure to watch Nelson the clown. He was to undertake his usual stunt to promote the visit of Cooke's circus by travelling on the river in a wash tub – pulled by a team of geese. As the many on the bridge saw Nelson approach, they surged to one side and with a crack one of the supporting chains gave way. Hundreds were tumbled into the water and many did not survive.The Fall of the Yarmouth Suspension Bridge gives an account of the day, what led up to the disaster and life in Yarmouth at that time.

Detailed research and an emphasis on using source material give this book depth, and provide the reader with much more than just the tale of the disaster. ( )
  janbrunetti | Jun 11, 2016 |
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