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Essex Bridge is a grade I listed packhorse bridge, over the river Trent, near Great Haywood. It was built in 1550 by the earl of Essex for Queen Elizabeth I, so that when she visited the estate, she could go hunting in the woodland around the local village.
It is now the longest remaining packhorse bridge in England with 14 of its original 40 span arches left. One may wonder: Why 40 arches, when the river Trent is not that wide? However, it is surrounded by marshes, and probably was surrounded by more, 4 1/2 centuries ago.
WS 1 shows a side view of the bridge!

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