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OLD IRON BRIDGE

OLD IRON BRIDGE
Spanish Town, Jamaica
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BACKGROUND

In the late 18th century, Jamaica’s House of Assembly passed an act commissioning the construction of a much-needed bridge between Kingston and Spanish Town in St. Catherine. Originally meant to be built from stone, for reasons unknown, the structure was cast from iron. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In 1998, WMF placed the Old Iron Bridge on the Watch because of its historical significance and critical condition. WMF provided a grant for the purpose of emergency stabilization and long-term conservation of the site. A committee was formed under the auspices of the Jamaican National Heritage Trust (JNHT) to designate an alternate route for pedestrian traffic and conceive a plan for repairs. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Currently, the Old Iron Bridge is still being used despite a large hole and warnings from the authorities, adding urgency to a worthwhile conservation project. The ongoing efforts of local organizations despite violence in the area are a testament to both the tenacity of the community and the importance of the endeavor. (...)