The Ancient ‘Trinity Bridge’ of Crowland, Lincolnshire

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Many people know Crowland or Croyland for its historical Abbey, but there is a treasure to be explored in the centre of Crowland.  We visited Crowland on the very last day of nice weather that we had been having, or had since, as you can tell by the blue sky……we do have them from time to time, although they seem to be very rather rare nowadays.  I had come to take some photos of the church which is attached to the Abbey, but it was covered in scaffolding.  I did set my self the task of taking photos of the Abbey remains with out the scaffolding getting in the way, but they are for another day.  As it was such a lovely warm sunny day we thought we might find somewhere to have a cup of tea, tea for me and coffee for my husband, in the village.

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As you come down the road you come across this amazing three sided bridge, it just looms up from the road and you feel like you have gone back centuries.

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There is a notice that tells you some history of the bridge…….Trinity Bridge was originally a wooden structure and was first mentioned in a charter of King Edred in 943.  The present bridge dates from the 14th Century, built between 1360 – 1390 and constructed of ancaster limestone.

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The seated figure is thought to be Christ or King Ethelrald from the west front of the Abbey.

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The bridge was built at the point where the Welland divided and it was a means of crossing at the junction of the steams….the steams are still there, but now under the road.

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I just get a thrill from climbing up the steps to the top, and get a feeling of being transported back to the 14th Century, this bridge would have been something to have marvelled at ….well it still is today, but back then, it would have been like the Shard in London today, amazing.

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This amazing bridge is well looked after, no rubbish around and no graffiti, just a pleasure to the eye.

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