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This is another view of Bideford longbridge taken at just after 4.30 pm on a dismal November day.

Long Bridge is a Grade I listed ancient monument spanning the River Torridge, connecting the east and west parts of Bideford. It was constructed originally from timber around 1286, and required regular reconstruction. Between 1460 and 1500 a masonry bridge was built around the wooden one, which allowed the old structure to act as scaffolding for the new work while remaining open to traffic.
Long Bridge has 24 pointed arches, varying in span from 3.7m to 7.6m. The differing spans reflect the different lengths of timber used for arch lintels in the underlying original structure. The bridge piers vary from 2.7m to 3.7m in thickness.

http://www.engineering-timelines.com/

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Additional Photos by Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1247 W: 41 N: 2372] (16606)
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