William Shakespeare (1564-1616) mentions "Drunken Bidford" in his writings and is believed to have been a frequent visitor to Bidford-on-Avon and the 13th century Falcon Inn was a favourite tavern.
lt is wider than a Packhorse bridge, suggesting that Bidford was an important river crossing. The bridge dates from the early 15th century but has been repaired many times; in the 16th century stone from Alcester's demolished priory was used. There are eight arches, with cut-waters on the upper side. In 1644 Charles I demolished the bridge to cover his retreat from Worcester to Oxford - this was repaired in 1650 by Quarter Sessions, for whom Bidford Bridge was a 'county bridge' under its control.The narrow stone bridge that replaced the ford underwent repairs as a combine harvester got stuck on the bridge and the sides had to be demolished for it to be freed.
Nice picture and smashin' commentary ! Thanks for them both Peter
It really is lovely to see you enjoying the sunlight and making the most of it for photography. Thanks Peter.
Good info. I found a similar story of a bridge in St. Ives that Cromwell did down.
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Photo taken in Bidford-on-Avon, Alcester, Warwickshire B50, UK
Misplaced? Suggest new location