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The 13th century Long Bridge in Bideford (spanning the River Torridge) by night.
You will notice the arches are of varying sizes. There are three theories why this is so. Firstly, each parish paid for an arch and the richer parishes could pay for a larger arch, secondly the stone bridge used the previous wooden structure as a sort of scaffolding and the wooden arches varied according to the size of the trees from which the timbers were cut and, thirdly the size of the arches varied according to where decent foundations could be found on the river bed.
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Jan 15 2011 20:22 GMT MargNZ
Whatever the reason it is a wonderful bridge ... great capture of the arches and reflections Thor :)
Jan 15 2011 20:26 GMT FLUMP
A beauty....
Jan 15 2011 20:46 GMT marijke06
fantastic capture
Jan 15 2011 22:51 GMT Icandoit
Excellent photograph - congratulations a job well done.
Jan 16 2011 03:23 GMT ashdad PRO
Beautiful photo / bridge. And interesting background.
Jan 16 2011 06:34 GMT PhotoPro PRO
great detail - wonderful shot!

Have a great week my friend.
Jan 16 2011 07:27 GMT DGM
Amazing night shot. Great reflections
Jan 16 2011 12:21 GMT Annamaria
Beautiful nightshot!!
Jan 16 2011 15:04 GMT INCOGNITO2
All three theories sound plausible. Maybe all three?
Jan 16 2011 18:31 GMT sini
Great night reflection!:)
Jan 16 2011 21:35 GMT Bigbear10
Wonderful capture
Jan 17 2011 04:04 GMT rosyapple PRO
I go for number 3 but hey, whatever, it is a cracking photo!
Jan 17 2011 08:04 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
I agree Jude - number three seems the most plausible to me (though as there was a wooden bridge first there is probably some of number two in there as well).
Jan 17 2011 09:11 GMT Pea2007
Great shot.
Jan 17 2011 16:13 GMT yvonNL
wonderful reflection
Jan 18 2011 17:53 GMT lizzieb
I like all three explanations. But whichever it has made for a fantastic photo.

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