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Mile Cross #9 | by StuMcP
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Mile Cross #9

This section Mile Cross Road was opened September 23rd 1923 at around the same time as the Sweetbriar Bridge, and was a much-needed route over the Wensum and the M&GN Railway line into the North City and it's newly built housing estate from Heigham. Before this bridge existed the only other means of crossing the Wensum were at the City Station or Hellesdon bridges, which were a considerable distance apart. A footbridge was installed at Dolphin in 1909, replacing the Dolphin Pub's 'ferry' but you would have struggled to get any type of vehicle across.

The opening to the left led to Heigham Watering, and as far as I can work out formed part of a ford, or an area where horses were watered as part of the Gibraltar Gardens Coaching Inn.

This bridge also holds profound personal memories for myself. I learned to fish from the (now inaccessible) bank to the right of the bridge, I also used to jump off it in the summer months, clamber underneath it in the pursuit of Specimen Perch, and was almost killed on top of it as a 12 year old in 1989, when I made the near-fatal error of not looking right when crossing the road. I wrote off a speeding Ford Cortina, and a pair of QD trainers that had led to some merciless bullying from some of my more well-off 'friends' at the time. On the plus side, the concrete and steel barriers that now ruin the appearance of the bridge from the road were put in to stop other absent-minded children like myself from becoming another statistic.

 

 

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Taken on February 9, 2015