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High Bridge

Lincoln's High Bridge is the oldest bridge in the United Kingdom which still has buildings on it, dating back to 1160AD.

The stone High Bridge was built around 1160, possibly replacing a wooden bridge. The first building to be built on the bridge, that is now part of Lincoln High Street, was a chapel, dedicated to Thomas Becket - a common occurance on Medieval English bridges.

This chapel was removed in the 18th century and an obelisk containing a conduit erected in its place - part of the city's water system. The obelisk was removed in 1939 (due to concerns with its weight on the bridge) and recreated at St Marks Shopping Centre in 1996.

All that is left from the bridge's original purposes is a short row of black and white timbered shops, dating back to around 1550.  The shops currently house Stokes High Bridge Cafe and Proper Pasty Shop. Only two other UK bridges with buildings on remain - High Bridge in Lincoln is the oldest of these.

The passage underneath the bridge is named The Glory Hole, given by boaters that made their way under the bridge to the Brayford Waterfront.

Header image photographed by Andrew Scott. 

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