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Location address: UK, Torridge, Bideford, Long Bridge
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Did you know that on the 13th century Long Bridge it was a tradition to try to run across the Long Bridge in the time it takes for the bells at nearby St. Mary’s church to chime midnight on New Year’s Eve. The Long Bridge has 24 arches all of different sizes. The traditional explanation is that each arch was funded by a different guild, although there are no records to confirm this. Another theory is that the arches of the bridge were built over large stones in the river with each stone being one support of the arch.
Bideford Long Bridge in North Devon spans the River Torridge near its estuary and connects the old part of the town, and formerly important river port, of Bideford on the left bank (west side) with East-the-Water on the right bank (east side). It is one of the longest mediaeval bridges in England, being 677 feet (222 yards) long with 24 arches. It was however exceeded in length by the old long bridge over the River Trent at Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, demolished in 1864, which was 515 yards long, 15 feet wide and had 36 arches. In 1790 the bridge was the longest in Devon.