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Clare Bridge 2018-09-29T12:49:31+01:00

Clare Bridge

History

Clare Bridge is the oldest of Cambridge’s bridges, originally built in 1639–40 by Thomas Grumbold. This bridge is one of those two which left standing by the Parliamentarian forces during the Civil War.

Rumours

Different stories try to explain the missing section of the second globe from the left on the south side of the bridge; one is that the builder of the bridge received insufficient payment, and in his anger, removed a segment of the globe; another is that complete bridges were subject to a tax at the time it was built, and since missing a segment, the bridge was incomplete and untaxed .