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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PecoBud (3824) 2012-04-02 9:59
I love this B&W photo Marion!! The clarity and detail are perfect. And I really love the curve of the bridge which adds a beautiful POV to it. Superb light management has made this a first class photo.
golus (2893) 2012-04-02 12:24
As a lover of good B&W shots, I'm very impressed with your selection of B&W for this scene. Taking the curvature of the bridge as the vantage point you've created a solid composition. The clarity and sharpness of the shot is flawless as all your shots. The tones of grays are very well defined and looks so elegant. I also liked the presence of the little flying guest up above in the sky. Thanks for sharing my friend. Have a nice evening.
Sonata11 (33753) 2012-04-02 20:52
wonderful composition and framework as well. Perfectly executed with fabulous chosen B&W color for this image, sharpness, POV and depth of field. This view is stunningly beautiful with pleasure to look at. Perfectly well done. Awesome work.
tyro (24030) 2012-04-03 14:33
A fine interesting note and an excellent photograph by way of illustration. In fact, if I remember correctly, I think you showed us a picture of Richard III's statue a few months ago = presumably that was the one here?
The composition here is excellent with the large ornate carved stone structure perfectly placed in the frame and the curve of the fence and the road drawing the viewer into the picture - aided, of course, by the cyclist travelling in the same direction.
Good strong contrasts , fine tones, perfect exposure and stunning sharpness.