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The Welch Bridge at Shrewsbury

The Welch Bridge at Shrewsbury

Engraver: Sandby, Paul

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1778

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXVI

Item number: 18o

Genre: Topographical Print

Daniel Defoe visited Shrewsbury in the early 18th century, writing: "The Severn surrounds this town, just as the Thames does the Isle of Dogs; so that it makes the form of an horse-shoe, over which there are two fine stone bridges, upon one of which is built a very noble gate, and over the arch of the gate the statue of the great Lewellin, the idol of the Welch, and their last Prince of Wales." During the late 18th century, several new bridges were built: the English Bridge by John Gwynne (built 1768-74) and the Welch Bridge by Carline & Tilley (1791-5).

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