The Monnow Bridge at Monmouth in South wales, a fine stone bridge, was built in the late 1200’s It is the sole remaining mediaeval fortified river bridge in Britain where the gate tower stands actually on the bridge.
Another fine arched bridge spans the River Ouse at St Ives in Cambridgeshire and still carries heavy traffic after five centuries. Midway across this bridge is a tiny chapel built onto the parapet, with its foundations resting on a pontoon. The purpose of this type of ‘chantry chapel’ was more than likely to collect offerings from passengers, a type of toll in fact. Wealthy people were encouraged to endow such bridges on the principle that it was pious work.
An old toll bridge
Pretty villages abound in the Peak District of Derbyshire and Baslow, situated on the River Derwent close to Chatsworth, is no exception. An ancient stone bridge crosses the river in this small village and there is a curious little stone toll booth built into one end.
Still a toll bridge
Travellers crossing the Vale of York are often relieved to find a small bridge near to the
they can cross the River Ouse. This
bridge is one of the last remaining toll bridges in village
of Aldwark Yorkshire. Cars can cross the narrow bridge on payment
of just a few pence.
Lower down the Ouse at Selby an incredible wooden, opening bridge, which swivels on ball bearings, carries traffic over the river at what was the only crossing point in the town before 2004. Built in 1791, the original bridge was replace in 1970 at a cost of £125,000 and had to be built of wood as originally specified by Act of Parliament. This toll bridge had created a huge bottle-neck for traffic, especially when the bridge was opened for river traffic, as a result of which the toll was abolished and traffic was able to move more quickly. Further relief came when the town by-passs was opened in 2004 with its new river bridge, leaving the old wooden bridge very much a relic of the past.
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To whom I am grateful for the use of his Geograph photograph
Although the famous ‘
is known all over the world, there are actually 10 bridges over the River Tyne
connecting Tyne Bridge
and Newcastle Gateshead. The
was the longest single span bridge in the Tyne Bridge when it was built in 1928 and
opened by King George V. It carried the A1 road, which at that time ran straight
through UK Gateshead and , but now crosses the Newcastle Tyne over a new bridge further to the west.
Berwick-on-Tweed has long been
northern outpost. Situated on the River
Tweed between the north east of England
and England ,
it had a turbulent history, changing hands many times before finally becoming
English in 1482. A very fine stone
arched bridge was built over the river in 1624, connecting the town with
Tweedmouth, and is still used for motor traffic together with a more modern
construction. The 15 arches of varying
height and width ‘walk’ gracefully over the water, as one commentator put it, ‘Like a herd of elephants crossing the
The River Bain
The view from the old bridge at Bainbridge in Wensleydale,
gives a view of what seems to be a perfectly normal river. However, the River Bain is the shortest
river in . England
This river drains out of nearby Semerwater and runs for just 2 miles through Bainbridge to join the River Ure.
The River Bain