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Hi

Does anyone happen to have any photographs of the previous bridge at Wayford (pre late 60s). Despite searching all over the place I can't come up with anything. I do have one postcard ... but the bridge is obscured by a flappy thing!  Playful

Whilst on the subject, does anyone know when the original arched bridge there was replaced? Was it a casualty of the 1912 floods or had it already been replaced by then? I have spent hours Googling over the last week and still can't come up with an answer!


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Here's a picture from 1958 - afraid it's a bit obscured by the tree!


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Hi Carol

  If memory serves me correct there is one in the bar of the hotel along with other bits and bobs.

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This was 1966

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Many, many thanks for the photos! I just need to find a date for that bridge now .... I know nothing about brdge architecture but it looks as though it may be pre 1912?

It's ridiculous ... I can find dates for pretty much every Broadland bridge except this one. Perhaps Jean & Brian's tip about the Wayford Hotel may be worth investigating as they might have some info attached to their photos.

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I'm not sure Carol, but I suspect that the 1930's may have been nearer the mark.  The road was important strategically and may well have been strengthened to allow for military vechicles.  If so done at the same time as the pill box and the motar spigott.

P.S. much easier to blow up a girder bridge than a brick arch if needs be.

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Hi Bill

There is also a circular WW1 pillbox (built 1914-18) on the site ... so maybe the new bridge was installed at that time. I have discovered various information about the WW2 defences which were in place around the Broadland Bridges - quite fascinating, although not exactly what I was looking for information wise. It's all stored away for future use though!!

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Railway bridges are more my thing than Road bridges and you are right Carol that there is little architectuarlly in the bridge to date it.

It's a typical post and beam, the fact that the beam is steel not concrete places it pre WWII but you know that anyway.

I would guess that the span is not original to the posts, or piers which look older. Going by the brickwork I would put the posts 1880 to WW1, the top anywhere between the wars.

Only guessing though.

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An enquiry to the county highways department may provide some conclusive dating information. When I was researching Northumberland bridges I was surprised at how much information back to the late 19th century was still held. It's also possible that there are relevant papers in the county records office.

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Thanks folks!

I have checked the record office online catalogue but, whilst I turned up lots of other interesting stuff, they didn't seem to have the information I was looking for. I plan to take a trip up there soon anyway, so they may have other records which are not listed. The highways department is a good suggestion though .. thankyou!

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