Author Topic: Shoreham History Gradually Disappearing  (Read 1228 times)

Nelson

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Shoreham History Gradually Disappearing
« on: September 12, 2017, 10:25:39 am »
Originally stretching all the way on both sides of the road from the suspension bridge to the flood arch, the old railings on the north side have recently been replaced by wooden ones.  Whether or not they were erected at the same time as the bridge itself (1833) is uncertain although it can be seen in many late 19th and early 20th century photos. This used wooden posts with the distinctive square iron rails held in place by a metal strap. Sometime since the wooden posts were replaced with cement ones but still using the square iron railings. Some of the south side railings still survive, for now, and although they may be of little architectural importance it is sad to see yet another part of the town’s history quietly disappearing almost unnoticed.

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Re: Shoreham History Gradually Disappearing
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2017, 12:56:24 pm »
Now I always thought those square profile rods were installed as fences (in their rough concrete posts) in the 1920's when the suspension bridge was demolished and the scrap rods from either the uprights of the old bridge balustrade, or links from the suspension rods were then recycled as the fence horizontals we see today.   

However the fact that the image shows them pre-demolition, and that the balustrades are not vertical rods sort of dispels that theory.

Also the bowspring bridge from 1922 had square profile vertical balustrades if I remember correctly.
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Re: Shoreham History Gradually Disappearing
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2017, 05:03:43 pm »
Looking at the Bowspring bridge the profile is square but much narrower.
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Re: Shoreham History Gradually Disappearing
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2017, 05:08:52 pm »
In the original you can see the ghost of someone ducking under the rod, with a hand on it.
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Re: Shoreham History Gradually Disappearing
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2017, 07:02:16 pm »
I love ghost stories!