Mr Monkey walked up to the road and watched cars queuing to cross the Avon Gorge. They have to put 30p - all in silver, and no 5p coins, thank you - into a slot to lift a barrier, and sometimes they miss and a chap from the tollbooth has to go out and help. Mr Monkey's keen monkey eyes spotted an inscription at the top of the 86 foot high pier, which told him that work on the bridge had been started in 1836 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and completed in 1864 by John Hawkshaw and William Henry Barlow.
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