Benefactions to Bridges

I love bridges & a lot of my blogs feature th
In the book stripping the altars Ramon Duffy notes how many people left money or property in their wills to maintain roads & bridges, putting them on a par with caring & feeding the poor. This seems a bit odd, but poor had to walk not ride so bad roads stopped them getting places safely, it also prevented food getting to them in times of trouble.
Here’s Pultney bridge in bath, the last habitable bridge in England, one of the few anywhere. People liked living on bridges as the air was clean, they had access to fresh water, & to passing grade for their businesses.


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