Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Namesake High Bridge in Lincoln, England, UK

© Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License

Unfortunately, the High Bridge crossing the Harlem River in New York is not the only High Bridge.
In Lincoln, England, UK there is a much older bridge with the same name.  The Twelfth century road bridge carries shops and houses. It was restored and partly reconstructed in 1902 by William Watkins of Lincoln. 

The bridge is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and grade I listed structure (English Heritage Building ID: 486019 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings). Reputedly, it is the oldest bridge in the United Kingdom which still has buildings on it. It was built about 1160 AD and a chapel built in 1235 dedicated to Thomas Becket was removed in 1762 with the current row of shops dating from 1550. 

If only our New York High Bridge had such a distinguished history.

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