A Bridge Too Far

Sutton Bridge Swing Bridge

Sutton Bridge By Night
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A bit of history

Cross keys Bridge is it's proper name, but it is referred to as Sutton Bridge. It was originally built in 1897 at a massive cost then of £80,000.

This is the third bridge around the site. The two previous bridges were designed an built by John Rennie the Younger and Robert Stephenson. Built originally for the railways,sadly the railway link to Sutton Bridge is long gone and the bridge was converted to take road traffic.

The bridge in the modern day is operated around 7 times a week to allow vessels into the port from around the world. Ships bring things like timber and rock salt to the port where the goods are stored for transportation to destinations around the country.

The swing bridge itself is one of the most interesting structures I have ever come across and when I was a child I can just vaguely remember travelling across it on our annual summer holidays on the way to the seaside.

This was over 40 years ago. My memories of this were reignited when I came across the bridge again as part of my job as a parcel delivery driver. Since then I have seen it daily and have a great affection for it.

The colours of the bridge are grey white and black. These are the colours of another favourite of mine. That being the Heron. A large bird which spends all of it's time hanging round river banks preying on fish in the river.

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The railway bridge

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Sutton Bridge Swing Bridge

EVERYTIME I SEE IT

IT REMINDS ME OF THE GRACEFUL BIRD

I KNOW THAT MUST SOUND ABSURD

IT SITS ON THE RIVER BANK

BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH

THE RIVER NENE AT THIS POINT IS 100FT WIDE

TRAFFIC ROLLING ONE SIDE TO NEXT

NEVER STOPPING TIL IT'S TIME TO REST

UP TO THE TOP I MUST GET THERE SOON

AND SAMPLE THE ROOM WITH THE VIEW

THE TIDE BELOW AS IT EBBS AND FLOWS

NOBODY CARING WHERE IT ALL GOES

IT GOES BACK AND FORTH

EAST AND WEST

BELOW THE SWING BRIDGE SWINGING SOUTH AND NORTH

A Swing Bridge In Action

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lisa.bom 4 years ago

I love seeing these types of bridges in action. Thanks for the memories.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Your picture of the Heron is AMAZING! Those are my favorite birds and we have them locally - live on the lakes and I am always just as amazed when I see on flying. I love the action shot you caught against the green water....lovely. The bridge is also way neat. I have only ever been over this type of bridge once and I was so young I cant even remember where it was (other than in the US). Sharing and pimping because I love this Hub :)


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Lisa, thanks for commenting.I am glad it brought back memories for you also.

Ardie, thanks for the brilliant comments.The Heron is so graceful in flight, yet so clumsy looking on the ground. Glad we have this in common, the HERON that is. Not the fact that we are clumsy on the ground!But we probably are.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I had not heard of the Sutton Bridge before. I enjoyed the way you tied the heron to the bridge, explaining about both. Well done!


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire Author

Hi Christy. Great to hear from you again and your comments are really welcome. I always look forward to hearing from you. Thank YOU!

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