Historic Civil Engineering in Suffolk

This leaflet gives brief descriptions of some of the interesting historic civil engineering works in Suffolk.

This leaflet gives brief descriptions of some of the interesting historic civil engineering works in Suffolk.

The county is bordered by the Rivers Stour and Waveney in the South and North respectively, which like other rivers within Suffolk have a long history of bridges for both road and rail. Suffolk has some of the earliest cast iron bridges at Clare, Brent Eleigh, Culford and Helmingham.

The use of tidal power is still visible from the River Deben at Woodbridge Tide Mill.

The River Orwell has provided opportunities for the growth of ports at Ipswich and Felixstowe.

Leiston has one of the first production line buildings and Lowestoft has the earliest lighthouse still in use.

The building of the railways across Suffolk produced some fine bridges and stations, as well as innovative solutions to specific problems like Halesworth movable platforms.

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