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Pulteney Bridge

A beautiful bridge in the town of Bath, located in the South West of England. Crossing the River Avon since 1774 when workers finished it and so linking the old towns of Bath and Bathwick, currently part of the larger Bath urban development. The extraordinary thing about this bridge is the fact it has shops built across its full span and on both sides. A good reason to be a commercial attraction and a touristic attraction at the same time. In fact while approaching the bridge, one cannot fully realize it’s a bridge for it looks like an ordinary street with buses and cars crossing the river on this bridge. You have to step aside and look at it from aside to realize the little wonder built over the river.

Ok, I mentioned it was completed in 1774 but you have to know its construction took no less than 20 years(!), a lot for, let’s admit, a small piece of architecture at its 45 metres long and 18 metres wide. It look so long because of the alterations that expanded the shops and also changed the outside design of the walls. Plus flooding leading to damages. People didn’t stop hoping finalizing this bridge aiming at linking the two smalls towns so eventually they completed the work.

Nowadays, the bridge and the city centre located nearby are considered a World Heritage Site due to the Georgian architecture that describes the buildings. The Pulteney name comes from the Pulteney family, consisting of Frances Pulteney, wife of William Johnstone, a wealthy Scottish lawyer and Member of Parliament and William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath. Frances inherited the Earl’s fortune and, together with her husband Willian, planned to link the rural Bathwick with the historic city of Bath.

Photo: Diego Delso, License CC-BY-SA 4.0