S. L. Marchant
Due to many other commitments I have had very little time over the last 3 or 4 years to work on my movable bridges
project – and I apologise to anyone who has offered feedback on the website and not had a response from me. My wife
Sally has now retired from her post as a Vicar and we have moved house – so I am looking forward to getting back to
my hobby once again!
If you have any comments about or photographs of a movable bridge please do submit your information on a feedback
form. I am slowly catching up with emails and will get back to you asap!
I am back on the case!
After a very hectic couple of years since we moved house so that my wife Sally could take up her new living as a Team Vicar and
Schools Coordinator I have finally found some time to put in a few hours updating this website!
I have so far added sequences of photographs of 2 new bridges. The first is the Pont Y Ddraig (Dragon Bridge) on the
River Clwyd in North Wales. This is a fascinating design with 2 lift arms that are hinged in the middle of the river so
that when they are moved it is like a pair of wings being flapped!
The second is the very stylish Greenwich swing bridge at the entrance to Deptford Creek.
I have also added an image of the drawbridge at Cawdor Castle in Nairnshire. Taken from an old postcard this was quite
an unusual design for a defensive structure – more like the bascule bridges we see on the Llangollen Canal.
Unfortunately due to the long gap when I was busy getting the Vicarage house and garden sorted out and didn’t have time to
monitor the website Fasthosts closed my email box and wiped the contents. This means that any reports submitted by visitors to
the website since about April 2014 have been lost. First of all my sincere apologies for my rudeness in not responding to those
reports – and please do re-submit any information you offered. My webmaster John Hazell is has re-direct reports and emails
to my Hotmail account – Hotmail are a lot more tolerant about busy subscribers not visiting their mailboxes regularly!
I look forward to hearing from all my supporters and from new contributors.
At Rhuddlan Castle I discovered that the historians are suggesting that the bridge at the Town Gate into the
Castle Wards was a turning bridge not a drawbridge. This is fascinating as it pre-dates any other reference to
turning bridges by over 400 years! Further investigations will be made!
There are some new and exciting things happening in the world of movable bridges!
Several new projects are under way and some new bridges have been opened recently.
On the River Hull the new Scale Lane crossing has come into operation. I look forward to sitting on the bridge drinking a cuppa when the
planned café opens!
Other new bridges include one at the Circus Fields Marina on the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union and a replacement for the Ebley Mill Bridge
on the Stroudwater.
Another very exciting development is the installation of a replica drawbridge linking the riverside wharf to the White Tower in the Tower of London.
The original 1834 drawbridge was replaced in 1915, but this bridge was then removed in the 1970’s. So it is great news that the Tower of London once
again has a working drawbridge.
Projects in the pipeline include a new Greenwich Bridge over the mouth of Deptford Creek. The bridge is being constructed on the dockside before
being slid into place.
At a personal level Sally and I have now almost completed our move to Hampshire to enable Sally to take up her new living, and as we
settle into the vicarage I am once more able to find some time to follow up on the movable bridges project – so I expect to be adding
lots of new information and photographs over the summer!
I want to assure all my supporters and visitors that I am still working on this bridges project!
I have to acknowledge that I have not done much work on the website over the last couple of years due to various changes in my life. Having
re-married in December 2011 and with the demands of a busy post of church warden in a very busy parish church bridges have had to take a bit
of a back seat!
But as things settle down I expect to be fully engaged again with this hobby in 2014.
So if you have been in touch through the website but have not had a response please be patient and I will get back to you as soon as possible –
and if you have new information for me please send it!
Best wishes to all