River, Railway and Ravine, Edinburgh

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

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.


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

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