Each week Sepia Saturday encourages bloggers to record their family history through photographs. This week's theme shows a riverside scene featuring a rowing boat and bridge. I could only come up with two items linked to my family history, so am also showing from my own collection some photographs of bridges with historic connections.
My father and mother, John Weston and Kathleen Danson - taken in 1937 at Kirby
Lonsdale, where they got engaged. This remained one of their favourite spots to visit.
Kirby Lonsdale in Cumbria on the edge of the Lake District is a fascinating small town with a mix of 18th-century buildings and stone cottages huddled around quaint cobbled courtyards and narrow alleyways with names such as Salt Pie Lane and Jingling Lane. The town is noted for the its three span Devil's Bridge, first built across the River Lune c.1370.
The 19 span Leaderfoot Railway Viaduct is 3 miles from my home and crosses over the River Tweed, near Melrose in the Scottish Borders. It was built in 1863, with trains running until the line closed in 1965. The structure is now in the care of Historic Scotland. A Roman bridge once crossed the Tweed here, conveying Dere Street north from the nearby fort of Trimontium.
Old Bridge, Earlston, Scottish Borders, built 1737 over the Leader Water which
joins the famous River Tweed at Leaderfoot (above). A favourite walk for the family.
The Skye Road Bridge. No - I know the bridge cannot be called historic, as it only opened in 1995, but the island is an iconic symbol of Scotland's history. The bridge across Loch Alsh links Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland with Kyleakin on Skye with one pillar on the small island of Eilean Ban. And if you hanker after the romantic route to Skye, you can still cross by ferry from Mallaig to the south of the island at Armadale.
A reconstruction of the Old North Bridge, Concord, Massachusetts, where in 1775 local Minutemen fired the first shot in the American War of Independence and forced the British to retreat back to Boston. Taken in 1965 when I spent a wonderful year working in Cambridge, Mass.
Covered Bridges are a unique part of New England heritage and this one is n New Hampshire.
Ramsau is a small village near Berchtesgarten in Bavaria, close to the the Austrian border. The church of St. Sebastian was was built in 1512 and extended in 1692 in the baroque style. The footbridge crosses the Ramsauer Ache. This has to be one of my best loved holiday photographs.
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