Our latest Curiosity of the Week is a bridge which spans… nothing! Yes, that’s right, Trinity Bridge in Crowland, Linconshire, is a most unusual bridge.
Of course, it wasn’t always this way. In fact, the bridge once spanned, not one, but three rivers. The bridge was built at the confluence of the Welland, the Nene and the Catwater. But ever since the rivers were re-routed, the structure has looked rather odd. No wonder the bridge gained the nickname ‘Three-Ways-to-Nowhere’.
The Grade I listed bridge was built in the 14th century to replace a wooden bridge. The bridge has an unusual appearance as it has three abutments, supporting three arches which meet in the middle. These arches would once have spanned the three rivers. This is where the name ‘Trinity Bridge’ comes from, trinity meaning three. The bridge was built in this way to save having to build three separate bridges.
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