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Good Morning Everyone,

This is the fortified gate house commanding the bridge over the River Monnow at Monmouth. It is the only remaining fortified river bridge in Great Britain.

The historical and architectural importance of the bridge and its rarity are reflected in its status as a scheduled monument and a Grade I listed building.

Monmouth had been a significant border settlement since the Roman occupation of Britain, but, according to the local tradition, construction of Monnow Bridge only began in 1272 to replace a 12th-century Norman timber bridge.

Over the years, it has served as a gaol, a munitions store, a lodge, an advertising hoarding, a focus for celebrations and, most significantly, as a toll gate. Much of the medieval development of Monmouth was funded by the taxes and tolls collected mainly at the gatehouse on Monnow Bridge. - Wikipedia

Sadly, the day would not brighten for us but, that's the way it is when you are on holiday!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this rarely photographed gatehouse. I will add a second view in a workshop, Bev :-)

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