Sunday, July 30, 2017

The two bridges across the Nene at Irthlingborough

Today the A6 crosses the Nene, its meadows and backwaters, on a concrete viaduct. It must have been quite something when it opened in 1936.

Before then traffic had to negotiate a narrow medieval bridge. A Guide to the Industrial Heritage of Northamptonshire says
A 1920s attempt to widen the bridge and its approaches was abandoned half-way through when it was found that the entire bridge was on the move seawards!
It looks as though a recent strike by a vehicle has sent some of the stonework in that direction.

1 comment:

Herbert Eppel said...

See photo at, taken during our River Nene cruise in 2016