Swanside Bridge, Downham, Lancashire. Photograph by Gertrude Jekyll from Old English Household Life, p. 195. According to Jekyll,

The picture of a stone footbridge at Downham, in Lancashire, shows an apparently slight but graceful structure, and reminds one of the wonderful strength of the arch. It is a simple arch and nothing else. There is no walling or anything over the crown to give extra weight and solidity; it is only filled in at each end to let the path pass over easily. It is almost exactly repeated by the bridge at Watendlath, in the near Lake District with the same structural influence. [192]

Scanned image and text by George P. Landow [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL.]

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Jekyll, Gertrude Old English Household Life: Some Account of Cottage Objects and Country Folk. London: B. T. Batsford, 1925.

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