Crossing The Stour

A90Six

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The view on a miserable, cold, frosty, misty day across the River Stour from the bridge on Mill Lane by White Mill between Shapwick and Sturminster Marshall, Dorset, England.

This narrow (about 9’ [3m]) bridge covers a rather wide span of the river. The span is increased at this point by an extra loop of river cut out to flow under the mill, which stands behind me. The build allowed for small recesses (see shot) in the road between each arch to let pedestrians stand aside from traffic.

White Mill bridge is described as ‘the oldest and most beautiful in the county’. There are references to the building of a ‘Bridge on the River Stour adjacent to the White Mill’ in the year 1175. An investigation into the foundations showed that the bridge stands on timber pilings. These have been carbon dated to the 12^th^ C. The original arches were rebuilt in the 16^th^C. The bridge, built principally of heathstone and Purbeck stone, possesses eight arches, and has undergone extensive repairs in the 20^th^C, although the original oak piles still remain in place. It has never been widened, this may well be the result of its being of a generous width for a medieval bridge in the first place.

Crossing The Stour

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