Clare Bridge (of course, belonging to Clare College) 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.
Different stories try to explain the missing section of the second globe from the left on the south side of Clare Bridge. First of all, there is a story one is that the builder of the bridge received insufficient payment, and in his anger, removed a segment of the globe. The next explanation 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.