Bidefordians crossing the River Torridge by boat, 1968; Photographer: C Barfoot;...


Burton Art Gallery and Museum


Bidefordians crossing the River Torridge by boat, 1968

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A photograph of Bidefordians crossing the River Torridge by boat. After the collapse of the end arch in January 1968, ferries were organised to allow pedestrians to cross in safety. Road vehicles were faced with long detours via Weare Gifford or Torrington, often over narrow country roads in order to cross. A solution to the pedestrian problem was provided within ten days of the collapse by the construction of a temporary tubular foot bridge from the quay to the undamaged part of the bridge, allowing a free flow of foot traffic and the commencement of repair work to the damaged part of the bridge.

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Photographer: C Barfoot

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