Whilst visiting Northumberland, England, our family decided to spend a day across in Scotland. We crossed over this lovely bridge into Coldstream village. My wife and daughter decided to go and do a bit of shopping in the village whilst the boys and me enjoyed the lovely village gardens, just as it began spotting with rain. To the east of Coldstream lies Smeaton’s seven arched bridge, built between 1763 – 1766 at a cost of £6000. The bridge spans the river Tweed replacing the age old invasion ford, and connects Scotland to the north with its neighbour England to the south. This is where the River Leet joins the Tweed. This indeed was Coldstream’s raison d’etre (reason for being). Consequently, most major Scottish and English armies invaded each other’s territories over this ford.
“The bridge has experienced some repair and change during the twentieth century, the foundations were protected with concrete, the parapet walls rebuilt and the cauld repaired in 1922. In 1960 – 1961 the bridge was strengthened by reinforced concrete relieving arches and widened by cantilevering the footpaths.”
This is a HDR image combining 3 bracketed shots using Photomatix Pro for Macs. Adjustments in lighting and contrast were made using the enhanced details tool.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS zoom lens
1/4, 1/8, 1/15