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Shopping over the water

Pulteney Bridge, Bath

The North side of the bridge once had an overhanging extension, now removed. An engraving published in 1819 shows the South side and weir from the Bathwick river bank.

Bath’s Pulteney Bridge is one of only four bridges in the world with shops built upon it.

Grand squares and terraces were planned for Bathwick on the other side of the bridge but the 'panic of 1772', a banking crisis at the time of the American War of Independence caused serious delays and for years the bridge led into meadows.

High water levels in 1799 and 1800 caused a partial collapse of the bridge and it was nearly demolished. It is now a scheduled national monument.

 

Images: Copyright Bath Records Office - A.DAI.2, BRO Adam bridge 5

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