About An Encyclopaedia of Britain's Bridges by David McFetrich
This high quality jacketed hardback book (352pp, 277 x 214mm) is printed in full colour on art paper.
1350 bridge entries
The main part of the book is this 255-page catalogue of bridges, listed in alphabetical order by name, that describes briefly their history and interesting features. There are 1350 separate entries covering more than 1650 different structures altogether.
About half the individual entries are accompanied by illustrations. Most of these are recent colour photographs but there are also a few bridge paintings and drawings and some older black and white photos and 19th century prints.
At the end of the entries are references for further reading.
The book is aimed at the general reader and this 6-page section provides an extensive and detailed glossary of nearly 200 bridge-related terms, helping to make the entries easily understandable by anyone.
This 40-page section has over 150 entries describing different types and particular features of bridges. Most entries then list a few sample bridges with that characteristic, all these bridges being described in full in the main part of the book.
This 5-page section of 50 separate record categories lists the names of nearly 300 record-breaking British bridges, each of which is described in the main gazetteer.
This 4-page section details over 200 publications of general interest about Britain’s bridges.
This 21-page section orders each individual bridge entry by county or unitary authority and then by city, town or village and gives its Ordnance Survey grid reference. The index shows if a bridge is listed Grade I or Grade A and, if it is or has been a record breaker, the reference to the appropriate category in that section of the book is also given.
This section indexes the entries in the main gazetteer to make it easier to track down related groups of bridges. The six headings are: Battles and wars; Canals, docks and waterways; Motorways and major roads; People and organisations; Railways; and Rivers and lochs.
An Encyclopaedia of Britain's Bridges Reviews
“… easily the largest and most comprehensive book on the subject … many of the bridges featured here have little or no information online … a copious compendium of secondary sources … a marvellous addition to the literature on British bridges … a host of interesting information” ‘The Happy Pontist’ blog
“… expertly addresses its subject matter [and] deserves much praise” Evening Echo, Bournemouth
“This superbly produced book … Without doubt this is a major book of British transport history” Journal of the Railway & Canal Historical Society
…probably the most comprehensive listing of British bridges published to date … an excellent historical reference guide for engineers and non-engineers alike Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers
“[This] definitive book … is a fascinating and readily accessible compendium” Newcastle University Alumni Association Magazine
“[This] magnificently illustrated compendium … is as all-embracing a collection as one could hope for … a tremendous achievement and one of value for the specialist bridge lover and a more general reader” Newcomen Society
“… probably the most comprehensive listing of British bridges published to date … an excellent historical reference guide for engineers and non-engineers alike” Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers
“… excellent glossary … marvellous bibliography … fine general index … books like [this are] so worthy and valuable, and it deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone who values the historic environment of Britain.” Industrial Archaeology Review
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Note about the author
David McFetrich became interested in bridges at school and went on to study civil engineering at university. His first work was with a consulting engineering firm, where his projects included the design of a footbridge.
After moving into contracting, he quickly progressed from site engineer to being site agent on a number of prestigious projects including the construction of two major road bridges, one of which won several awards.
He then moved into management consultancy, while continuing to collect books and information about bridges as a hobby, and is now retired.