Shrewsbury is a great place to fly but you will need to authorise a DJI NFZ RC unlock on the its West side (due to Copthorne Brks and RAF Shawbury) but you should be ok at this spot on the Eastern side. Shawbury rarily fly at weekends but worth checking with their ATC to be certain.
I parked next to the Shrewsbury Abbey as the carpark is free on Sunday.
The Shrewsbury English Bridge Info
The masonry arched viaduct that is the English Bridge crosses the River Severn in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The Grade II listed bridge seen today is a 1926 rebuilt and widened structure, that uses the original masonry from John Gwynn's completed design of 1774.
A bridge is known to have stood at this location since at least Norman times and historically was known as the "Stone Bridge". The original Norman construction consisted of five arches and a timber causeway. It had a large tower on the Eastern bank that housed a gate and drawbridge and supported a number of shops and houses.
The building of Gwynn's £16000 replacement commenced in 1769, and comprised of seven semicircular arches, 400 feet long. The 55-foot span central arch was built higher to provide headroom for boats, but unfortunately this resulted in steep approaches.
To resolve the issue a new design was approved in 1921 that lowered all the arches, converting the central one into a segmental arch and reducing the height of the roadway by 5 feet. The present bridge is 50 feet wide, and more than twice the width of Gwynn's original structure. The cost of this build was £86,000 and it was formally opened by Queen Mary in 1927.
The English bridge is one of two that forms the main east-west route over the Severn as it loops around Shrewsbury, the other being the Welsh Bridge on the opposite side of the town and despite its name both bridges lie within the English border.
Thomas Telford's Holyhead Road, dating from 1815 and connecting London to the main sea-crossing to Ireland used the English Bridge to cross the Severn here. The A5 now bypasses Shrewsbury and therefore the bridge's main role today is to connect the centre of Shrewsbury with the Belle Vue and Abbey Foregate areas of the town.
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