St Johns Recreate Cantilever Bridge

3rd June 2009

Year 3 Children at St. John's School, Frome have a go at re-creating the demonstration of how a cantilever bridge works as part of the 'Benjamin Baker of Frome: Bridging the World' education programme.

The original photograph of the demonstration taking place in the 1880's - as taken by Evelyn Carey, engineering assistant to Benjamin Baker - can be seen in the current exhibition at Rook Lane Chapel. Baker wanted to show how a cantilever bridge worked as at the time he was partway through the construction of the Forth Bridge which he had designed – work started in 1883 and the bridge was completed in 1890.He famously said in his speech ‘Bridging the Firth of Forth’, that ‘a cantilever’ was just another way of saying ‘a bracket’. The Forth Bridge was the first ever cantilever bridge, as well as the first ever steel bridge and the longest bridge in the world until 1918.


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Christ College, Brecon: Bridging the World Exhibition

3 April – 29 May 2010

Christ College,
Brecon Powys

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The Building Centre: Bridging the World Exhibition

Mon 7 Sept – Sat 10 Oct 2009

The Building Centre
Store Street

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Rook Lane Chapel: Bridging the World Exhibition & Events

Sat 13 June - Sat 24 July 2009

Rook Lane Chapel
Bath Street
Frome, Somerset
BA11 1DN

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This project was made possible thanks to the generous donations of