The Menai Suspension Bridge
In the years 1810-11, several plans were put forward by Mr Thomas Telford before the House of Commons, to build a bridge accross the Menai Straits. For some time, many lives had been lost in the treacherous waters and the number was becoming too serious to be overlooked. The subject frequently occupied the attention of Parliament, but nothing effectual was done until 1818, when Mr Telford laid before a Committee of the House of Commons a new design for an iron suspension bridge. The first stone of this nationally-important bridge was laid at noon on Tuesday 10th August, 1820 by Mr Provis, resident engineer. The general opening of the bridge took place on Monday January 30th, 1826. The Royal London and Holyhead mail coach, carrying the London mail-bag for Dublin, passed over at 1 a.m.
It is said that the only fatal accidents that occured during the erection of the bridge were of four workmen - an Englishman, and Irishman, a Scotsman and a Welshman !
The Menai Suspension Bridge continues in daily use today, although much of the major trunk-road through traffic is now carried by the Britannia Bridge.