River, Railway and Ravine, Edinburgh

28 October, 2015 | 18:00 - 20:00

Harper
Harper's Patent Brigde

About this event

Building bridges is one of man's most worthwhile pursuits, in the story of which the ingenious suspension footbridges of Messrs Harper of Aberdeen from 1870-1910 deserve a place. From small beginnings making wire fencing this remarkable firm took out a patent for cable tensioning and applied steel wire ropes to pioneer an economical prefabricated bespoke bridge with spans of up to 300ft [91m].

In the lecture, Douglas Harper, a direct descendant of the entrepreneurs, will share his research into these fascinating and successful bridges.

Registration and refreshments from 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start.

Contact

For further information on this event, please contact Sandra Purves at: spurves004@btinternet.com.

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