TQ7258 : The old bridge in Aylesford

taken 8 years ago, near to Aylesford, Kent, Great Britain

The old bridge in Aylesford
The old bridge in Aylesford
The ancient arched bridge over the River Medway in Aylesford is believed to date from the 14th century although the wide central span is later. Until recent times it was the first bridge upstream from Rochester. The river is tidal at this point and was navigable until 1740.

Since a new road bridge TQ7358 : Aylesford new bridge opened in 1997 it has been closed to motor traffic but remains as a footbridge.
River Medway
The River Medway is 70 miles long and flows almost entirely within Kent. It rises in Ashdown Forest and joins the Thames near Chatham. Apart from the Thames it has the largest catchment area in southern England. The river is navigable as far as Tonbridge by large craft and as far as Penshurst by small craft. There are 11 locks on the river, between Allington and Tonbridge. The river is tidal to Allington Lock. The River divides Kent in two, those born west of the river are known as Kentish Men, whilst those born east of the river are Men of Kent. The river was used as a line of defence against possible invasion during WWII.
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Date Taken
Friday, 5 March, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 7 March, 2010
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Place (from Tags)
Road bridge (disused)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 728 589 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:18.1779N 0:28.7271E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 728 588
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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