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Durham, Prebends Bridge

Durham, Prebends Bridge

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1777

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15538

Item number: f. 127

Length: 182

Width: 262

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Completed in 1778, the Prebends Bridge was newly built when drawn by Samuel Grimm. Designed by George Nicholson, it served as a private road for the Dean and Chapter of Durham, giving access from the south through the Watergate. It formed the centrepiece of a classical wooded landscape and set off the imposing skyline of the cathedral. This view of the peninsula ("half Church of God, half castle 'gainst the Scot") has been a favourite with visitors ever since, and fortunately remains almost unchanged.

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