A Bridge Too Far
Sutton Bridge Swing Bridge
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.
The railway bridge
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
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