Hampden Bridge (Kangaroo Valley)

Hampden Bridge (Kangaroo Valley)

Hampden Bridge is a suspension bridge across the Kangaroo River, located in the Australian town of Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales. A well-known local tourist attraction, the bridge features four large crenellated turrets made of locally quarried sandstone.

Hampden Bridge is the only surviving suspension bridge from the colonial period in New South Wales. [" [http://www.kangaroovalleytourist.asn.au/content/members/hampdenbridge.html Hampden Bridge] "," [http://www.kangaroovalleytourist.asn.au Kangaroo Valley Tourist] " Accessed 19 September, 2006.] It was designed by Ernest Macartney de Burgh, the colony's Assistant Engineer for Bridges, to replace the decaying timber truss bridge which originally spanned the Kangaroo River. Its medieval style is an example of the Gothic Revival architecture popular in late nineteenth-century Australia. [ [http://www.rogersandall.com/Spiked_Medieval-Spells.php R. Sandall, "Medieval spells] "] Construction began in 1895 and the bridge was opened on the 19 May, 1898, just six days before floods washed the old bridge away. [" [http://oak.arch.utas.edu.au/projects/view_projectinfo.asp?projID=267 Hampden Bridge, Kangaroo Valley, NSW] "," [http://oak.arch.utas.edu.au/tbia/default.asp Timber Building in Australia] " Accessed 19 September, 2006.]

The bridge is named after Lord Hampden, Governor of New South Wales from 1895 to 1899. It is 77 metres long (252 ft) and one lane wide.


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