Croyland Abbey; Triangular Bridge
Photographer: Sedgfield, W. Russell
Medium: Photographic print
“On the west side of the church stands the famous Triangular Bridge, the only one of its kind, I believe, remaining in the kingdom. It was built to admit three streams at their confluence, which ran through the town and met here. It consists of three semi-arches uniting in a common centre, and forming, by their junction, as many pointed arches. It is supposed to have been designed as a symbol of the Trinity. It is too steep for carriages, and is little used even by horses. There was a bridge here as early as A.D. 943; it being mentioned in King Edward’s charter of that date, and again in King Edgar’s charter, A.D. 966; but the present structure is not thought to be older than the reign of Edward I. At the end of the bridge next the London road are the remains of a statue, now much mutilated, but described in old books as that of King Ethelbald, the founder of the abbey. It was, when unbroken, in a sitting posture, dressed in royal robes, and with a globe in its hand. The triangular bridge possesses the additional interest of being placed at the junction of the three counties of Lincoln, Cambridge, and Northampton.”
Excerpt from “Croyland Abbey”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain and Ireland’ by William Howitt.