Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

My last post from Barnard Castle showed the 14th century bridge from high above, from the castle walls.

I thought you might be interested to see the castle at ground level for it is a beautiful, old bridge. I called it the 'Bridge of Signs' (yes a play on words) because it is easy to see the signs of how it has been altered and strengthened over the centuries. (Like most photographs, it does look better in the large format).

It is a stone bridge over the River Tees and connects the town of Barnard Castle with Startforth. It dates from the 14th Century and, you will be able to see, is overlooked by the castle. It was sometimes called "County Bridge" as it was formerly on the boundary between County Durham and Yorkshire. The bridge was repaired in 1596 and the parapets were repaired after the Great Flood of 1771.

The bridge is Grade 1 listed, which means it is a protected building and part of the heritage of this old market town.

I will add a view of the bridge, from the parapet of the castle so that you can see its position, if you did not see my previous post.

Thanks for your interest, Bev :-)

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