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Whitby Swing Bridge


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Whitby Swing Bridge

The small town of Whitby in Yorkshire in northern England is situated on both sides of the River Esk, so there has always been a bridge here to connect the two parts of the town. From the fourteenth century, King Edward III authorized the construction of a toll bridge, and different structures have followed on the same site. The first bascule bridge was built in 1830, and lasted 72 years until the construction of the current bridge, which opens every hour to allow ships to pass through.

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