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Gunthorpe toll bridge

February 8, 2013

Destroyed by the council

Another for the list. Here’s the Old Toll House, now an Indian restaurant – the Bridge & Bayleaf, viewed from the old abutment. Original right.

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Privately built in 1873, on the site of an ancient ford and ferry, by 1925 the tolls were walkers 1d, motorcycles 3d, cars 1/- and lorries 2/6. Then the local council bought the owners out, demolished it and built the present one. Shame!

About 100 yards downstream is a nice exposure of the Mercia mudstone, with its layers of white gypsum, alongside Gunthorpe weir.  In medium water a canoeist could slip past the barrage and line down the fish pass.  But don’t shoot the weir!

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Jim Thornton

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