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In 1800 there were proposals to replace the old bridge altogether but it was not until 1821 that a committee was appointed by Parliament to consider the condition of the bridge.The arches had been badly damaged by the Great Freeze, so it was decided to build a new bridge. A competition was held producing many varied designs.
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One of Ralph Dodd's designs.
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Thomas Telford suggested a single arch of cast iron.
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Two bridges were proposed by George Dance.


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