A record of the town since the dawn of photography


Ballingdon Bridge

Catalogue ref: pa673

Category: Transport

Period: 1946-c1975

Ballingdon Bridge | Click image to go back to gallery

A mid 20th century picture of the concrete bridge, erected in 1910 and replaced by the present structure in 2003. It was probably taken in the late 1940s - the balustrade nearest the camera is missing: this was removed in 1939, possibly to speed the demolition of the bridge if the Germans invaded. More likely, it might have been done to give a clear field of fire for the anti-tank gun that was positioned on the nearby riverbank (its emplacement is still there).

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The market town of Sudbury, on the borders of Suffolk and Essex, has a long and fascinating history. Much of the way of life in the town since the invention of photography has been caught on camera. The Sudbury Museum Trust has developed this website to show and provide information on a selection of these photographs.

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