This is a rare example of a Pack Horse Bridge, note where the wood side rails are would have been stonework with three seperate pedestrian rufuge points, you can see the lower sections that remain on the other side of the bridge, see my other photograph, the church in the back ground is the 13th cent St Giles.
Very interesting that ancient stonework!You can allmost imagine packhorses racing over that narrow bridge and pedestrians escaping to the little bays!What kind of railing would there have bin originally, a solid wall ? I assume that the stream underneath the bridge must have bin wider in the past, now there are 3 arches on dry land.With best wishes for the new year and greetings,
The original sides to the bridge would have been stone 3to4 feet high,see photographs in my Packhorse Bridges album only two now remain intact. From the 13th through to the 18th cent., there would have been a lot more flow of water, but most of the water has now been dirverted away from the remaining Packhorse Bridges.
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Photo taken in Medbourne, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16, UK
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