1,571 feet in length.
The expense of the work was £ 17,000. It has since been superseded by stone causeways projecting from the opposite banks of the river, of the respective lengths of one hundred and eighty-eight and six hundred and fifty feet, connected by a length of timber structure seven hundred and thirty-three feet long.
A quarter mile higher up has been erected a modern bridge.
A picture of the old bridge is preserved by the bridge commissioners' seal.
At New Ross, County Wexford, the Barrow river, after the destruction of an old bridge in 1634, was crossed by a ferry until the fame of Cox as a bridge builder reached the town, when a company was incorporated by act of Parliament and £ 11,200 raised by shares and a bridge of American oak constructed by Cox. Its length was five hundred and eight feet and its breadth forty feet; it had a drawbridge and connected New Ross with Rosshercon.
While in Ireland, Mr. Cox's family resided in Medford, and we find him taxed fo
him as builder of Charlestown Bridge.
I was, therefore, somewhat surprised when former Mayor Rantoul of Salem stated before the Essex Institute, of which he was the president, in an article on the Essex Bridge at its centennial, that the builders made terms with Lemuel Cox, an eminent English engineer, to build the bridge.
A few years later I read on Waterford Bridge, in Ireland, that it was built by Mr. Lemuel Cox, a native of Boston, in America, Architect; and visiting at the same time Wexford, New Ross, and Londonderry, I learned of his work there.
In recent years, in investigating, I found that he was not only with a claim for fame for his work in bridge building, but also for inventions, among them for his introduction of textile machinery, previous to the arrival of Samuel Slater, to whom the credit has been accorded in the histories of textile industries.
Traditions, after the lapse of a century, still show his type of character and tell of his life in Ireland and dome