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Taken 13 years ago by Craig Tuck near Norwich, Norfolk, England

Bishop Bridge Norwich by Craig Tuck
Bishop Bridge Norwich

Bishop Bridge is the only surviving medieval bridge in the city. It was built in 1340, one of the oldest bridges still in use in England. A fortified gatehouse stood on the bridge until the 18th century, and the semi-circular projection you can see today is part of its outer turrets. In 1549 it became a battlefield, when Robert Kett’s rebels fought royal troops. The rebels overcame the defenders, and ran amok through Norwich. You can see the arms of the city – a lion and castle – carved over a central arch; the Red Lion pub probably derives its name from this. Originally owned by monks, the prior was allowed to build houses on the bridge but had to allow access for people and their horses beside the arches. In 1393 it was handed over to the city.
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Subject Grid Square TG2308
Subject Lat/Long 52.632390,1.308649 (click to view more nearby images)
Near Norwich, Norfolk, England
Photographer Craig Tuck
Taken 20090524 200905 2009 (about 13 years ago)
Submitted 2009-06-05
Subject bridge ·
Term horses · medieval bridge · gatehouse · bishop bridge · arches · turrets · battlefield · rebels · bridges · norwich · red lion pub · robert kett · houses · royal troops · 18th century · central arch · monks · england ·

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