Friday, 2 March 2012

Ouse Bridge

The first Ouse Bridge was built by the Romans, then repaired by the Vikings. St William's Chapel stood on the bridge throughout the mediaeval period. By 1565 the bridge had a new central arch spanning 81 ft, and was described by Daniel Defoe as "...near 70 foot (21 m) in diameter; it is, without exception, the greatest in England, some say it's as large as the Rialto at Venice though I think not". I should like to have seen that.

The current version of Ouse Bridge is for foot and road traffic only and is without shops houses or chapels. Construction was started in 1810 and a toll was charged until 1829 to recoup the cost of building it.


  1. What a gorgeous shot and perfect place to photograph. Great history.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

  2. Beautiful, beautiful! I'd love to visit. Thanks for the photo and history.


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