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Blake's Bridge, Reading

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1855 'Blake's Bridge - The inhabitants of this town [Reading] will learn with some pleasure that the re-building of Blake's Bridge - which has been a topic of discussion at several of our quarter sessions - has become a matter of certainty. The pier on the north side is found to be in a sound state, but that on the south side being very defective, has this week been removed, and a new one is in the course of erection. We are informed that Mr. Brotherhood has contracted to lay down, when the piers are ready - an American lattice (iron) bridge, and it is expected that, in a few weeks, the whole work will be completed. The expense will be defrayed by subscription, and already a considerable sum has been raised, but not sufficient for the purpose. The re-opening of the bridge in that district will undoubtedly be a great public convenience, and those who may experience this will, in all probability, be disposed to contribute towards the fund, to free from liability the Mayor and others who have kindly undertaken the execution of this work.'[1]

1893 bridge over the river Kennet by Arthur Thomas Walmisley. This replaced the iron lattice bridge built by Rowland Brotherhood in 1855.

Blake's bridge is situated upon the eastern side of the borough of Reading, in the county of Berkshire, between Messrs. Huntley and Palmers factory and the county gaol, and forms a continuation of the East Forbury road across the river Kennet.


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  1. Reading Mercury - Saturday 2 June 1855