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Ep26. Clifton Suspension Bridge
Episode 2621st September 2020 • The BackTracker History Show • The Backtracker
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The world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, although he never lived to see his creation finished in 1864.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge’s spectacular setting on the cliffs of the Avon Gorge has made it the defining icon of Bristol, drawing thousands of visitors a year just to stroll across for views of the ancient Avon Gorge, elegant Clifton and the magnificent city beyond.

As with anything that has stood the test of time, the bridge comes with many a tale. From Murder attempts to deathly daring, this bridge has seen it all.

In this episode, you'll hear only a few of the many stories linked with this amazing structure, and they'll be brought to life by the amazing vocal talents of Marcus KP and Sandra Hobson from Bradley Stoke Radio as well as Tony Allen, a listener from Worcester. And, of course, a special thank you to all those volunteers at B.O.B. Go to to see how you can support all the hard work that's going into restoring the bridge.


This podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England. If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment.

So, thankyou for listening and until next time guys, take care and look after each other.


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Western Daily Press - Thursday 29 September 1870 (Safety advice from Vigilant)

Gloucestershire Echo - Saturday 09 May 1885 (Sarah Ann Henley)

Yorkshire Gazette - Saturday 19 September 1896 (Two girls)

Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust.

Luton Reporter - Friday 25 September 1896

Kirkintilloch Herald - Wednesday 23 September 1896

Western Daily Press - Wednesday 21 October 1936

Western Daily Press - Tuesday 17 November 1936

Brunel's Other Bridge -

Probably the worst thing you can hear when you’re wearing a bikini is “Good for you!”