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placename:- Skerton Bridge
site name:- Lune, River
locality:- Lancaster
county:- Lancashire
bridge
coordinates:- SD479622
10Km square:- SD46

1Km square SD4762

source:- Burrow 1920s

Road strip maps with parts in Westmorland, Cumberland etc, now Cumbria, irregular scale about 1.5 miles to 1 inch, by E J Burrow and Co, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 1920s.
... At Lancaster we are at the mouth of the Lune, which must be crossed by Skerton Bridge on leaving the town

date:- 1920=1929
period:- 1920s

descriptive text:- Ford 1839 (3rd edn 1843)

Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, et al, 1839; published 1839-52.
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... and noble bridge crossing the Lune ...
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

descriptive text:- Otley 1823 (8th edn 1849)

Guidebook, Concise Description of the English Lakes, later A Description of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, published by the author, Keswick, Cumberland, by J Richardson, London, and by Arthur Foster, Kirky Lonsdale, Cumbria, 1823 onwards.
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Engraving, drawn by T Binns, engraved by O Jewitt.
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... The new Bridge, a little higher up the river, is allowed to be one of the handsomest of its size in Europe. It was completed in 1788, at an expense of L14,000. ...
date:- 1849
period:- 19th century, early

source:- Otley 1818 -- probably relevant

New Map of the District of the Lakes, in Westmorland, Cumberland, and Lancashire, scale about 4 miles to 1 inch, by Jonathan Otley, engraved by J and G Menzies, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, published by J Otley, Keswick, Cumberland now Cumbria, 1818; pblished 1818 to 1850s.
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Implied by a road crossing the Lune.
bridge

descriptive text:- West 1778 (11th edn 1821)

Guide book, A Guide to the Lakes, by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Cumbria once Westmorland, and in London, 1778 to 1821.
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... Skerton town end: an eligible situation for a new one, which would make a fine and convenient entrance into Lancaster, from the north, and which at present on many accounts it much wants [1].
[1] A new bridge has since been erected on the site above pointed out. It was built after a design of Mr. Harrison, consists of five equal eliptical (sic) arches, and is 549 feet long. The expense of the erection, which was paid by the county, amounted to 14,000l. It is one of the handsomest bridges of its size in Europe, and does honour to the taste of the architect, and to the public spirit of those who promoted the work on so liberal a plan.
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Addendum; Mr Gray's Journal, 1769
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... Here [Lancaster] is a good bridge of four arches over the Lune, ...
person:- architect : Harrison, Mr
date:- 1769; 1778
period:- 18th century, late; 1760s; 1770s

descriptive text:- Defoe 1724-26

Travel book, Tour through England and Wales, by Daniel Defoe, published in parts, London, 1724-26.
[Lancaster, River Lune] ... the bridge is handsome and strong, ...
date:- 1724=1726
period:- 18th century, early; 1720s

hearsay Designed by Thomas Harrison, built 1736-38. It is possibly modelled on an ancient roman bridge at Rimini, Italy. 5 spans of 66 to 68 feet, with elliptical arches.

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