Summer evening at Bidford-on-Avon (1991)

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pedrocut on March 2, 2010

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.

The Bridge

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.


David Brown Photogra… on March 4, 2010

Nice picture and smashin' commentary ! Thanks for them both Peter

Ian Stehbens on March 5, 2010

It really is lovely to see you enjoying the sunlight and making the most of it for photography. Thanks Peter.


keepclicking on June 3, 2012

Good info. I found a similar story of a bridge in St. Ives that Cromwell did down.

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