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Mark’s History: The destroyed 19th century bridge over the River Aire – in photos

Words & Photos: Mark Stevenson

Before this bridge over the River Aire was built by Joseph Butler and Co in 1856 there was a ford here.

Like most other fords in Leeds, it was a horse ford and may even have had a small ferry to transport goods across it.

The bridge dated back to 1856. Photo: Mark Stevenson
The bridge during calmer times. Photo: Mark Stevenson
The bridge prior to its destruction. Photo: Mark Stevenson
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The bridge was destroyed as a result of Storm Franklin yesterday, as captured by Andrew Tutin from The Climbing Lab:

Here are some images of what’s left of the bridge today:

View of the destroyed bridge today. Photo: Mark Stevenson
he bridge was ripped away at the side. Photo: Mark Stevenson

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