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1850. Excerpt: ... bridge is an enclosed gallery, lighted by
numerous windows on each side; while a lodge or portico, at each
end, contributes to the architectural BRIDGE AT NORWICH,
CONNECTICUT. beauty of this singular and simple work. There is
another bridge over the same river, of a similar construction, but
consisting of three arches, the centre one a hundred and
ninety-five feet in span, the two others a hundred and fifty-one.
It is equally elegant as an object, though not so imposing in
appearance, as the Colossus. In the wedge-bridge, built over the
Piscataqua in North America, to which we have alluded in the
description of the satin-wood bridge at Paradenia, the timber arch
is put together with wooden keys in a very ingenious manner. The
builder was Mr. Bludget, and the bridge is accurately described by
Colonel Sir H. Douglas, in his work on military bridges. There are
in our own country very few wooden bridges worthy of particular
notice; where many once existed, stone bridges have taken their
place. One, which stood near Stirling, in Scotland, is still
remembered with interest, from the remarkable conflict which took
place on it in 1297. It stood a little higher up the river than the
present bridge of Stirling, and is celebrated for being the scene
of the defeat of the English by Wallace. "The English were
commanded by Earl Warren" (so state the Annals of Scotland), "who
against his judgment, at the instigation of Hugh de Cressingham,
treasurer of Scotland, and a clergyman, F crossed the bridge, and
was defeated with horrible slaughter before the army could be
formed on the opposite side. Cressingham was slain. So detested was
he by the Scots, that they flayed his body and cut his skin into a
thousand pieces, by way of insult on his pride and avarice. The
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