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New West Bridge, constructed in 1979 to supplement the Old West Bridge as part of an improved road scheme.
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Old West Bridge, actually the fourth bridge on this site constructed in 1890. This site has always been the Western gateway to the town of Leicester, in fact the river Soar formed the western wall of the old walled town. It was the site of a ford until the 12th Century and is believed to have been the easiest point to cross the river in Roman times. Little is known about the first bridge, but the second bridge was of four arches built of stone, with, later, a small building on the eastern arch used as a chapel. The second arch from the western end was enlarged for navigational purposes when the river was canalised in the 1790s.
The third bridge dates from 1842/3 and was of iron and stone. This was replaced in 1890 when the river was widened under the Leicester Corporation's Flood Relief Scheme. The contractors, Messrs John Butler of Leeds, erecting a temporary wooden bridge alongside whilst the permanent, and present bridge was being erected.

This is supposedly where Richard the Third was being carried ,thrown over the saddle of his horse, after being injured at the battle of Bosworth Field and hit his head against the parapet which finished him off.
A statue in his honour is in the Castle Gardens which is just to the left of this photograph.

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Additional Photos by marion morgan (jester5) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 66 N: 583] (1968)
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