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GB 3493 196 · Item · 6 June 1826

The handbill describes Mr G. Courtney's second attempt of crossing the Avon Gorge at 6:30pm on Monday 5 June 1826. The first crossing took place on 22 May 1826 when Courtney 'flew' across the Avon Gorge horizontally from a rope suspended from a point above the Giant's Cave to a tree in Leigh Woods. As well as a poem, the item includes a woodcut illustration showing winged figure flying over the Avon Gorge.

Bonner, H, printer, 4 Unity Street, St. Philips
GB 3493 120 · Item · c.1843 - 1853

The print shows Brunel's 'suspended traveller'. This was a basket car which hung from an iron bar and was designed to help workmen cross the gorge during construction. On 27th September 1836, Brunel made the first successful crossing. Members of the public paid a fee to travel across. The suspended traveller was in place from 1836 to 1853.

Willis, W, artist
GB 3493 134 · Item · 1854

Watercolour and guache painting by George Wolfe showing the abutments and towers of Clifton Suspension Bridge during the period in which the project was abandoned. Signed and dated "WOLFE/54" (1854).

Wolfe, George, artist
GB 3493 001 · Item · 1864

The print is inscribed: "This view is respectively dedicated to the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the City of Bristol and The Chairman (Mark Huish Esq.) & Directors of the Bridge Company" and is noted as being "sold on the bridge & by all booksellers". Also included are statistics about the bridge.

Webb, William Waller, artist, 8 Well St, London