Photographer's Note

This is a view towards the bridge that crosses the River Lea in Ware, Hertfordshire.

According to archaeologists, Ware is one of the oldest occupied places in Europe. Excavations close to Ware Lock revealed settlements dating as far back as the Middle Stone Age around 5,000 to 10,000 years ago. The explanation for Ware's early occupancy is that Ware was positioned at the point where one of the Country's oldest roadways crossed the River Lea. The road was originally known as Ermine Street and later as the Old North Road, which was the main road of Medieval England.

King Alfred later diverted the course of the River Lea to prevent the Danes rowing their boats up river and it is believed that Ware's Saxon name, "Waras", derives from the weirs built by Alfred to divert the river.

Taken on a cold but bright afternoon on one of the rare occasions when the sun broke through the clouds.

Used the new Olympus recently acquired. I haven't got a manual for it yet, so cheated and put it on the 'Landscape' setting. Not bad for a first effort!

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