'Conway Castle and Suspension Bridge, from the Landing Place', c 1880.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic view of the suspension bridge leading to Conwy Castle in North Wales, published by Francis Bedford & Co. Construction of the castle began in 1283. The castle was designed by James of St George (c 1230-1308) and was an important part of King Edward I's (1239-1307) plan of surrounding Wales with fortifications to subdue the Welsh. The gravity-anchored steel chain suspension bridge was designed by Thomas Telford (1757-1834) and built between 1822 and 1826. The bridge, which spans the River Conwy, was part of improvements to the road which took the mail between Ireland and the north of England. Here two locals with a small sailing boat can be seen in the foreground.