Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

Buddle Bridge, Lyme Regis, Dorset

This delightful Grade I Listed bridge was built in the 14th century and carries Bridge Street over the river Lym as it flows out into the sea. Of local stone rubble dressed with the same material, the segmental-pointed arch has a span of 18 ft. The soffit, or underarch, originally comprised four chamfered ribs but two have been removed, and the road was widened on both sides in 1913. The stone parapet includes a delightful quatrefoil design.

To the east is another stone arch; two-centred with a span of 8 ft and faced with rough ashlar, the exposed face has a simple zig-zag cutting on the outside. Formerly a bridge, it is now the cellar  to Nos 2 & 3 Bridge Street and has been dated as being possibly early 13th century.

The photo above is pretty much the same as the top one, but I wanted to get a slightly closer view of the ducks dabbling in the water.

These two photos were taken some 10 odd years before the first two above. There isn't a great deal of difference, apart from the shop sign that can be seen above the right side of the bridge, but they do give a slightly varied view of the bridge and surrounding buildings.

I've only got these four photos so far, but I've created a Photo Gallery album for them as I may take and add more in the future. One can but hope! ;)

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