TF3093 : Packhorse Bridge, Utterby

taken 7 years ago, near to Utterby, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Packhorse Bridge, Utterby
Packhorse Bridge, Utterby
Packhorses were the main mode of transport for carrying goods overland throughout the Middle Ages. Wheeled carts were so rare that rural bridges were not constructed wide enough to carry them; these narrow bridges became known as Packhorse Bridges.
Packhorse trade routes developed in Lincolnshire to transport wool to market towns and to the coastal port of Boston, and to transport salt inland from the coastal strip. The production of salt on the coast dates to Roman times, whilst wool production in Lincolnshire reached its height in the early 1300’s due to the large number of religious houses in the county at that time, who depended on wool for their income.
The style of the three stone arch ribs supporting the Utterby Packhorse Bridge suggest it was built in the early part of the 14th century, possibly on a “salt way” running east to west that had been used for centuries before.
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TF3093, 39 images   (more nearby )
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Julian P Guffogg   (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 15 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Monday, 16 July, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 3057 9318 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:25.1560N 0:2.2036W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 3056 9317
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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