Ancient Iford Bridge crossing the River Stour

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The western section of the old three section Iford bridge is late 18 Century. Ashlar 4 round-headed arches with piers standing on mud islets, cornice above and parapet with coping. Cut waters between arches with recessed circular panels above them on the south side of bridge. The threee sections were built entirely of Purbeck Stone. Before the three bridges were built, the river was very wide ad an island was in the middle, known in ancient times as an "eye", there was also a shallow portion which was known as the ford or crossing point. As the town developed and the bridges wew built the name "eye" and "ford" became Iford as it is today.

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Comments (2)

Jean-Pierre Pourcine… on December 30, 2012

Beautiful Gordon I prefer the old one.1/1

All my best wishes,Jean-Pierre

Gordon670 on January 4, 2013

Hi my friend,

This old bridge is only wide enough for horses and carts, certainly not wide enough for the vehicles of today, so this bridge is only for pedestrians, no horses and carts in these modern days.

Best wishes. Gordon

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 28, 2012
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    by Gordon670
    • Camera: Canon EOS 60D
    • Taken on 2012/12/27 14:28:15
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 22.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash