Marlow Bridge, the little brother of Chainbridge
Designed by English engineer William Tierney Clark Chainbridge of Budapest at the time of its opening in 1849 was regarded as one of the modern world’s engineering wonders. Clark (23 August 1783 – 22 September 1852) was an English civil engineer particularly associated with the design and construction of bridges. He was among the earliest designers of suspension bridges.
According to the 1998 bronze plaque placed at the Chainbridge on the Pest-side bank of the Danube, it “commemorates the only two surviving bridges designed by William Tierney Clark: the Széchenyí Chain Bridge over the Danube at Budapest and the suspension bridge over the Thames at Marlow-England.” Some even say, Marlow Bridge, was a nearly identical but smaller prototype for Budapest’s iconic bridge.The current suspension bridge at Marlow was built between 1829 and 1832, replacing a wooden bridge further downstream which had collapsed in 1828. It is the only suspension bridge across the non-tidal Thames. Construction of the Chainbridge in Budapest started in 1838. The inauguration of the bridge took place on 20 November 1849.