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View near Buttermere

View near Buttermere

Artist: Thornton, I.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: KTOP.X

Item number: 49.c

Length: 21

Width: 27

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View by I. Thornton, of what is thought to be an early packhorse bridge near Butteremere in Cumbria, Northern England. Packhorse bridges were built for horses carrying goods to market and for this reason were very narrow and simple in design. By the 18th century these bridges were usually made from stone and were built in the shape of a simple arch but earlier bridges were made from wooden planks. These bridges were made obsolete by the development of turnpike roads.

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