County Bridge

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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The Barnard Castle Bridge (also called the County Bridge) over the River Tees in Barnard Castle, Teesdale, County Durham, England.

Apparently built or rebuilt in 1569, although the inscription on its stone-work says 1596 (allegedly the result of a 20th Century stonemason’s error). It is likely that other bridges existed here before the 16th century and that the last of these was the existing bridge, rebuilt in the 16th century, though much altered since.

The stone bridge has two arches and although it survived the November 1771 flood it did require substantial repairs with new parapets provided. The bridge carries the A67 road from east to west.

The bridge’s name arose from the fact that up until 1974 the Tees formed the boundary between County Durham and North Yorkshire. It also marked the boundaries of two Bishoprics and local legend has it that illicit weddings were conducted in the middle of the bridge to avoid objection by either cleric. Whether or not this story is true, Barnard Castle certainly has witnessed some strange things in its 2000 year history.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Related shots can be found at: England or you can look at all my HDR shots.

Featured in : Streams & Stream Crossings : 27 Jun 10

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