02 September 2007

Plymothian Bridges 018: Laira

This is all that remains of an elegant road bridge that used to cross the Plym next to railway line.
According to Plymouth Data
The Bridge was privately built, by John, 1st Earl of Morley, and thus subject to a toll.
The first stone was laid on March 16th 1825. It was engineered by James Meadows Rendel in cast iron with foundations of granite, limestone and a water-resistant mortar.
Another photo of the bridge here on Gora Grays Flickr pages
There is more on the Excellent Plymouth Data page here along with a photo of the old bridge.
Webrarian has a photo of the original plaque on the bridge along with the script in latin.
It seems the original stone was re-used for the plaque that now stands in memory of the long gone bridge


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