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THE BRIDGE ACROSS THE RIVER TO THE GREAT GATEWAY OF BAYHAM ABBEY, IN KENT

THE BRIDGE ACROSS THE RIVER TO THE GREAT GATEWAY OF BAYHAM ABBEY, IN KENT

Bayham Abbey lies six miles south-east of Tunbridge Wells, on the road to Lamberhurst. The name has been assumed by a country mansion in the Tudor style, the property of Marquess Camden, but there are some picturesque remains of the Premonstratensian Abbey that once stood here, and the bridge across the river to the great gateway of the abbey is doubtless of monastic origin, of a date not long after the early thirteenth century, when the monastery was founded Probably lay helpers as well as monks were engaged upon the building of this bridge. Bridges were under the direct protection of the Church, and the Church had indulgences and other privileges to confer on those who helped to build and maintain them.

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