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WAKEFIELD'S OLD BRIDGE AND CHANTRY CHAPEL, AND THE GRACEFUL BRIDGE AT ABINGDON

WAKEFIELD'S OLD BRIDGE AND CHANTRY CHAPEL, AND THE GRACEFUL BRIDGE AT ABINGDON

Across the Calder at Wakefield stretches the Old Bridge, with its chantry chapel of S. Mary (top). A fine example of a monastic bridge, it was built about the middle of the fourteenth century; the chapel being endowed by Edmund, Duke of York, in 1398. One of the best known of the ancient bridges across the Upper Thames is that at Abingdon (bottom), near Oxford, once the site of a Benedictine Abbey. The bridge, which dates from 1416, has a grace of line and old-world charm that are characteristic of the period.

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