by Graham Dean

Do you cross over or under a bridge on your way to school, or to the shops?

What does the bridge allow you to cross: a road, a railway, a river or a canal?

What type of bridge is it?

Darby's Ironbridge at Ironbridge, Shropshire

This website is an extract from an ebook written for children. If the answer to the first question is, "Yes," then you'll have to use your eyes and ears to answer the second question. This website should help you answer the last question, for the two simplest types of bridge. The complete text, which also includes sections on other ways of crossing obstacles, can be purchased from Amazon's Kindle store.

Beam Bridges

Arch Bridges

Forces in Bridges



All images and text Graham Dean. These web pages may be used for educational purposes, so long as they are not modified in any form, and are not used for commercial gain.

Purchase Bridges, Tunnels, Fords and Ferries Kindle book from Amazon.