SJ9922 : The Essex Bridge at Shugborough, Staffordshire

taken 9 years ago, near to Great Haywood, Staffordshire, Great Britain

The Essex Bridge at Shugborough, Staffordshire
The Essex Bridge at Shugborough, Staffordshire
It has been written that the stone packhorse bridge across the River Trent was built in 1550 by the Earl of Essex for Queen Elizabeth I so she could go hunting near the village.
This may well not be true, as the bridge probably dates from the seventeenth century to replace an earlier wooden structure.
It has low parapets to avoid impeding the wide loads on the horses. Originally it had 40 arches, fourteen of which remain. This would have made a raised route across much of the flood plain's width - a splendid and solid facility for when the river overflowed its banks and for crossing the muddy aftermath.

This is thought to be Tolkien's Middle Earth "Grey Bridge of Tavrobel" (near the House of a Hundred Chimneys).
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Date Taken
Friday, 29 August, 2008   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 7 March, 2009
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Bridge   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 995 225 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:48.0359N 2:0.5225W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 995 226
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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