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Posted on 09/16/2014


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Swans view of St Ives bridge

Swans view of St Ives bridge
On the Great River Ouse....Just moored in St Ives after a long days journey..bit dark for pictures but it is such a lovely bridge and the Swans were all milling round..Took this out of the engine room hatch which is quite good for getting down at water level without too much bending and getting wet!

The very old and unusual bridge has an entry in wiki from which the following was taken....
St Ives stone arch bridge, which was completed in 1425, adding the chapel dedicated to St Leger[ in 1426.
Such chapels were relatively common in medieval times and served as toll-houses, as well as to allow travellers to pray or to give thanks for a safe journey. They also hosted church services.

During the English Civil War the bridge was partially blown up by the troops of Oliver Cromwell to prevent King Charles I's troops approaching London from the Royalist base in Lincolnshire. The two arches on the southern side were demolished and a drawbridge installed in 1645 as a defensive measure by Cromwell's forces, who held the town. The drawbridge remained in use until 1716.
When the bridge was partially rebuilt that year, the shape of the new arches was different from the surviving ones, leaving the bridge with two rounded arches on its South side and two Gothic arches on the North.[3]

During the 1850s and 1860s it was turned into a notorious public house, then a doctor's surgery.
By 1930 the structure was found to be weakened so the extra stories were removed and the chapel restored.As a result of this, the roof is modern. An unusual feature is the crypt, about two metres above the river's water level. The bridge and the chapel are now Grade I listed and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

The bridge served as the primary southern entrance to the town and the only road bridge across the river until a by-pass was added down-river to the east in 1980.

Chris Drinkwater, Claudine Gaulier-Denis, John Linton, Les's Photography AKA aligeeach and 10 other people have particularly liked this photo


13 comments - The latest ones
Judith Jannetta
Judith Jannetta
Lovely low pov.....and such gorgeous silky soft water
3 years ago.
Janano -
Janano -
Yes it is a great pov. Nice capture
3 years ago.
Ulrich John
Ulrich John
That's really a nice picture ! Great captured !
3 years ago.
Anne-Marie(Minus)
Anne-Marie(Minus)
Une splendide réussite ... bravo.
3 years ago.
Polyrus
Polyrus
May I also join in...because I also think it is a lovely pov and that the GRO has a magical sheen.
Not forgetting the very official looking bridge, which you portray in a good light no matter what you wrote.
I am sure you are delighted to have gone east this summer!
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon
oh that's awesome, the bridge looks teeny and the swans are giants from your low pov!
3 years ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
This is just lovely Gillie..........I also like the really low perspective and the sheen on the water. I especially like the way the shape of the swans is so similar to the shape of the arches on the bridge. Well taken!
3 years ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
very nice scene and beautiful scenary, very well taken !

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3 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Awesome capture.
3 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Perfect !!

Its a glorious bridge too.
3 years ago.
yokopakumayoko Francesco
yokopakumayoko Franc…
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Annemarie
Annemarie
beautiful pov
3 years ago.
Tadeusz Tale
Tadeusz Tale
Beautiful!!!!!
3 years ago.