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British Bridges
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Britain's waterways are spanned by a wonderful variety of bridges, ranging from the garaceful stone arched structures of mediaeval times to today's metallic monsters which tower high above our rivers and sweep dramatically across the skyline. Each one is different with its own history and character and forms a significant crossing place in time.

Throughout the centuries, bridges have provided the backdrop for historic battles and meetings and have come to symbolise progress and the bringing of communities together.

Left: The historic Bridge in Shropshire used techniques and materials which revolutionised the craft of bridge building.

The Forth Rail Bridge, viewed from South Queensferry near to Edinburgh and crossing the Firth of Forth. The Forth Road bridge, a more modern structure runs alongside.

The Pulteney Bridge reflects the Palladian elegrance in the City of Bath where it crosses the River Avon. Lined with shops, it was designed by Robert Adam and built between 1769 - 1774.

Tarr Steps near Hawkridge, in north Devon, is an example of a clapper bridge. It spans the River Barles and is constructed entirely from large pieces of flat stone. Opinions vary over whether it dates from mediaeval times or Bronze Age.

Tower Bridge, London

Brunnel's spectacular Clifton suspension bridge links the sheer limestone cliffs of the Avon Gorge some 245 feet above the river.

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