This post title is completely misleading. I’m showing you six bridges, it’s true. But only one pre-dates the eighteenth century. Only one is neither in Yorkshire or London. But there’s a footbridge, a canal bridge, a railway bridge, a transporter bridge, a road-bridge which opens, and one for the Millennium, so maybe we’re covering quite a lot of bases.
This first two are really quite small. Here’s a fifteenth century bridge, leading over the moat to Eltham Palace. Then here’s one of the bridges over Ripon Canal, opened in 1773. This canal may be the shortest in England – it’s only 2.3 miles long.
Knaresborough Viaduct is a railway bridge which spans the river Nidd in truly majestic fashion. I bet I’d have been a NIMBY protesting against such a huge change planned for the view of my town if I’d lived in Knaresborough back in the 1850s. Now I’d be joining the demonstrations if anyone suggested dismantling it.
This Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough is quite a thing. You can read all about it here.
Last of all – my favourite: the world’s first and only tilting bridge – Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
The header photo shows what may be England’s most famous bridge: Tower Bridge, opening and closing for London’s shipping since 1886.
For Cee’s CFFC: Bridges
… and Alive and Trecking’s Which Way Photo Challenge.