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Thorp Arch Bridge spanning the River Wharfe

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Thorp Arch Bridge spanning the River Wharfe
1908. A group of people are just visible on the Thorp Arch Bridge spanning the River Wharfe between Thorp Arch and Boston Spa. William Gossip, the Lord of the Manor of Thorp Arch, instigated the building of the bridge in 1766 by writing to influential people for subscriptions. It is thought, from the information contained in these letters, that the main reason for building a bridge here was to assist the Bramham Moor Hunt in the Chase as local fords were dangerous to cross in pursuit of the fox when the river was in full flood. Plans were drawn up by a Mr Gott at a cost of £10.00 and the bridge was completed in 1772.

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S Johnson

This view hasn't changed much in over a hundred years. I have many memories of this bridge, spending hours watching the fish from above, then scurrying down and trying to catch them under the bridge. The River Wharfe always had a slight peaty tinge to it, but the river was quite gravelly and shallow under the bridge so fish spotting wasn't difficult. I spent many a happy day fishing here in my mid-teens with my angling buddy, Gary Walker, and we would be often found at the Boston Spa bus stop waiting for the last bus home with all our tackle on a sunday night. I was regularly tired on a monday morning at school!


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