Wednesday, 28 December 2011

A Clapper Bridge

Today I went for a walk to see the newly restored 'Mickla Bridge'. It is a grade 11 listed clapper bridge made from large slabs of stone resting on a single pillar. The bridge goes across Cone brook between Alvington and Woolaston, near Lydney in the Forest of Dean.

The design of the bridge is thought to date back to prehistoric times but most surviving bridges are medieval.

In 2009 heavy rains caused a lot of damage. Luckily recently it was fully restored with help from a grant from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust and English Heritage.

It looks very new but soon it will blend and soften with mosses and lichens. ...great that someone thought enough of it to get it repaired. It was very muddy...more boggy !  and the start of my walk followed a wall of green lichen covered tyres....
..... but Mickla Bridge is worth walking to and is used..not by packhorses but by a lot of locals using 'shanks pony' !

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