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'Macclesfield Bridge, Regent's Park', London, 1827.

Acon, R

'Macclesfield Bridge, Regent's Park', London, 1827.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


Hand coloured engraving by R Acon after an original drawing by Thomas Shepherd showing Macclesfield Bridge over the Regent's Canal. The Bridge was originally called North Gate Bridge, but was re-named in honour of Lord Macclesfield, the Chairman of the Regent's Canal Company who steered the company through a financial crisis before the canal was completed. The bridge is perhaps best known as being the location where a barge carrying gunpowder exploded in 1874. The bridge was destroyed, but the cast-iron columns remained intact, enabling the structure to be rebuilt.

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