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Photographer: Hudson, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 1782.a.19

Item number: 9

Length: 17.7

Width: 11.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The small village of Ballintoy is situated at the foot of the furzy hill of Lannimore, about a mile from which is Carrick-a-Rede, one of the most singular curiosities of the north, on account of the swinging bridge which connects the island with the mainland. The headland, which projects a considerable way into the sea, is divided by a tremendous rent or chasm, supposed to have been caused by some extraordinary convulsion of nature. The chasm is sixty feet wide; the rock on either side rising about eighty feet above the level of the water. Across this mighty rent a bridge of ropes has been thrown for the convenience of the fishermen who reside on the island during the summer months. The construction of this bridge is very simple; it is on the principle of the hide rope bridges of the Andes and other parts of South America. Two strong ropes or cables are stretched from one side of the chasm to the other, in a parallel line, and made fast to rings fixed permanently in the rock, across these planks, twelve inches wide, are laid and secured. In addition to the main ropes upon which this airy bridge rests, a slight hand-rope is placed on one side as a sort of guide; in using which the utmost caution is required, for if the unwary passenger should inadvertently place too much weight upon it he would be precipitated from the dizzy heights into the sea, or upon the rocks below."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of the Giant's Causeway.'

Author not stated.

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