Shugborough Lodge, Great Haywood

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Date:1915 - 1920 (c.)

Description:This card was published by W. Shaw, Burslem.

The card was posted on 24 July 1919 from Great Haywood to an address in Liverpool.

On the left is Trent Lodge which was built in 1860 and replaced an earlier Garden Lodge to the Shugborough Estate.

On the right is the Essex Bridge.

There has been a bridge crossing the River Trent at Great Haywood since the sixteenth century. It was rumoured that the bridge was built by the Earl of Essex, to allow Queen Elizabeth I to visit him at Chartley Castle, without having to cross the forded river, but this is most probably romantic legend.

Originally named the Shugborough Bridge, the parapets were built low to avoid packhorse loads rubbing the stonework. The bays allowed pedestrians to stand to one side when a horse was passing.

In the eighteenth century the bridge had forty arches and extended into Shugborough Park. Today only fourteen arches remain.

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Image courtesy of: Mr Bob Metcalfe

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Source: Mr Bob Metcalfe

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