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      Bridges

Bridges are easily taken for granted.  Yet before modern methods of transport were introduced, when the only means of getting around was on foot or by horse, the building of a bridge could save many hours and make previously inaccessible places viable.

Over the centuries different materials have been used, incorporated into a range of designs and capable of carrying various loads (such as pedestrians, road traffic, and railways) across many obstacles - water being probably the most common. Bridges built from stone are perhaps the most durable, covered wooden bridges amongst the most attractive.

Bridges old and new, picturesque or stark, in use or dilapidated - their style varies from region to region.  Here are just a few, taken within the UK as well as in Europe, the USA and Canada.

Click on the thumbnails below for a larger view.  Then use the navigation links to move between the photographs in sequence, or to return to this menu.

Bridges in England

Old stone bridge on
Dartmoor, Devon

Clapper bridge at
Postbridge, Dartmoor, Devon


Marlow Bridge, on the
River Thames,
from up river
Monsal Viaduct,
Derbyshire
Tower Bridge,
River Thames, London


Millennium Bridge,
River Thames, London
The Old Toll Bridge,
Shoreham, West Sussex
Stopham Bridge,
West Sussex
The English Bridge
Shrewsbury, Shropshire


The Welsh Bridge
Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Ironbridge

Bridges in Europe, including Eire

Minor waterway in
the Marais Poitevin,
Western France


Footbridge, Noordeloos,
Holland
Gap of Dunloe,
County Kerry, Ireland
The bridge between
La Rochelle and L'Ile de Re,
Western France
Ancient bridge at Vouvant,
Western France


Bridges in Canada and USA

Marchand covered bridge,
Mansfield, Quebec, Canada
Castelman's River Bridge
Maryland, USA


Hewitt covered bridge,
Bedford County,
Pennsylvania, USA