Made of cast-iron, the bridge was cast in Shropshire. Before the Ha’penny Bridge was built there were seven ferries, operated by William Walsh, across the Liffey.
They were in very bad condition and Walsh was informed that he had to either fix them or build a bridge. Walsh chose the latter option and was granted the right to extract a ha’penny toll from anyone crossing it for 100 years. Initially the toll charge was based on the charges levied by the ferries it replaced.
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