Pultney Bridge, Bath

Bath-Pultney-BridgeBath is a lovely city, but my favourite part of it is probably this bridge, because I love bridges. It is one of only four remaining inhabited bridges in Europe- they used to be prime real estate as the only place in cities with fresh air. But as traffic increased, the buildings – shops with residences above – were removed. This is the weir just downstream. Autumn and winter reflections are so wonderful.


This one dates from 1774, begun by Thomas Paty who completed Bristol Bridge when the wonderful James Bridges fled. It was to the designs of Robert Adam, named after Frances Pultney who married William Johnson who inherited Bathwick estate. The bridge was to replace the ferry across the Avon to the estate. This is the old water gate beneath the city walls.


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