Looking for James: science and bridge-building in eighteenth century Bristol

By Barb Drummond

Issue 15, Summer, 2006 pp. 27-31.

James Bridges was clearly a versatile and talented character; and it seems that talent ran in his family. Following on from his father, the creator of a marvellous invention which is celebrated today at the British Museum, James Bridges was a skilled surveyor, architect and travelling showman with a keen interest in science. Bridges took on many projects throughout his lifetime, including the Bristol bridge, to name but one. In this article, Barb Drummond follows the story of this intriguing character – although the end of his story remains elusive.  

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