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ST.IVES BRIDGE AND CHAPEL


From 1978 until 1989 we lived in St.Ives, Cambridgeshire, a lovely little town on the River Ouse, not too far from Cambridge.

 

St Ives Bridge is a 15th century bridge crossing the river and is noted for being one of only four bridges in England to incorporate a chapel (the others being at Rotherham, Wakefield, and Bradford-on-Avon).

 

The last prior of St Ives priory was allowed to retire to the chapel to live out the rest of his life after the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. In 1736 it underwent restoration work and two additional stories were added to it. Over the next 200 years it passed through many hands and amongst other things was a private house, used for toll collection and even a Public House!

As a pub it achieved a very unsavoury reputation and locally was known as "Little Hell".

 

In 1928 is was bought by George Day, the Town Clerk and Frederic Warren who presented it to the town. It was now listed as an ancient monument and it was decided to restore it to it's original size. By 1930 the top two stories had been removed. It is basically a tourist attraction now, and probably the most photographed feature of St Ives.

From The Slide Scanner 1/14

ST.IVES BRIDGE AND CHAPEL


From 1978 until 1989 we lived in St.Ives, Cambridgeshire, a lovely little town on the River Ouse, not too far from Cambridge.

 

St Ives Bridge is a 15th century bridge crossing the river and is noted for being one of only four bridges in England to incorporate a chapel (the others being at Rotherham, Wakefield, and Bradford-on-Avon).

 

The last prior of St Ives priory was allowed to retire to the chapel to live out the rest of his life after the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. In 1736 it underwent restoration work and two additional stories were added to it. Over the next 200 years it passed through many hands and amongst other things was a private house, used for toll collection and even a Public House!

As a pub it achieved a very unsavoury reputation and locally was known as "Little Hell".

 

In 1928 is was bought by George Day, the Town Clerk and Frederic Warren who presented it to the town. It was now listed as an ancient monument and it was decided to restore it to it's original size. By 1930 the top two stories had been removed. It is basically a tourist attraction now, and probably the most photographed feature of St Ives.

comments (23)

Brillant capture of a grand, historic building Brian. The narrative was very interesting smile Thank you!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Frances.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Jan 2012, 01:45
That's a very good slide scan, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray.
this looks awesome in B&W!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Jan 2012, 06:35
A bridge that incorporates a chapel. Oh my, Brian. That would be something to see, especially after all its history!
Brian Walbey: Sadly the chapel is closed most of the time, understandable as this is right in St.Ives town centre which seethes with children at school times, but I have been inside once.
good choice for sepia tones here
Brian Walbey: Yes I thought so to Chantal, thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Jan 2012, 07:48
This is a very fine historical and architectural feature Brian
Brian Walbey: Something a bit different once again Chris.
  • Fred Adams
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jan 2012, 11:19
Very nice B&W rendition Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Fred.
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jan 2012, 11:22
A lovely sharp black & white picture, Brian, catching the reflections well
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Lisl.
Very nice Brian. Great B&W conversion job here!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Richard.
Awesome place for a public house! Great photo.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Juan. I wonder how many drunks left this when it was a pub and took a wrong turn into the river smile
prefect!!
Great B&W choice
Framing and subject are excellent!!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Rob.
Nice picture and nice story. It all looks very interesting.
Brian Walbey: It is a lovely little bridge Sheila, one reason why we liked living there.
A most effective black and white study. I note the interesting and no doubt necessary reinforcements under that arch. Are they part of the original structure do you think, or have they been added at a later stage.
Brian Walbey: I would think they might be the original arches Martin, there is a similar bridge further upstream at Godmanchester/Huntingdon with similar arches, but no chapel.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jan 2012, 13:46
Great tones, nice shot, did you use Olympus film cameras also?
Brian Walbey: My last film camera, which I still have was a Pentax John but prior to that I had a brace of OM10's, one for B.& W.and the other for slides, plus all the lenses of course, the whole kit took some carrying around if I had it all with me.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 16 Jan 2012, 13:52
Very good for a scanned slide Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Chad.
This has scanned really well Brian
Brian Walbey: Yes I thought that Bill, thanks.
Nice one Brian, great b&W
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Tom.
  • Martin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jan 2012, 15:59
A great shot in B&W, it draws my attention to the old stone work. I'm kicking myself after reading your text, I was staying near Bradford upon Avon at Lacock Abbey in the summer and didn't venture! For another day, thanks Brian
Brian Walbey: We've all done it at one time or another Martin, then find out too late about something interesting we missed.Thanks for your comment.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Jan 2012, 16:22
Nothing can beat the charm of those old slides and b&w photography! A wonderful photo (yes, a phot, not a picture or pic) in every respect!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Philine, I have so many slides to scan, I think I could post for a year or two on SC without taking anymore photos.
I do like the crispness of detail and the b/w contrast which this brings, Brian. Your commentary makes it even more fascinating.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Neil.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Jan 2012, 19:41
Fantastic place to see and visit, it looks great in B/W and brilliant for a scan smile
Brian Walbey: The whole town is a very nice place to live Linda, we were sorry when we had to move away because of my job, although after 22 years we are well settled in Shepshed.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Jan 2012, 20:56
A fascinating history, Brian, and I'm so glad the top two stories were removed - they were hideous! There's no clue that this was a scan so well done for that.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan. Yes I also thought it looked awful with the upper stories.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Jan 2012, 22:46
I'm sure it would get more use if it reverted to being a pub again!
Brian Walbey: It isn't used at all these days Ingrid, it is just kept as a historic building, but it is too small to be a pub these days.

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