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Anyone recognize this bridge? 1860's Oval albumen

Hello, I am looking for information on this Photo. 1860's oval albumen, 15 x 10 inches. Does anyone recognize this bridge? Scotland? Wales? I have included a close up of the charming man in the distance reading riverside in his top hat!

Any information would be appreciated. 

Thanks, David

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The construction of that bridge is of such poor quality that, in my view, it is highly unlikely to have stood the test of time for over 150 years. (The right hand half would undoubtedly collapse the moment a heavy herd of cows walked over it !!) So the only clues would be in the background and the (very faint) buildings that can be seen. Sorry I can't help.

Thanks anyway Kevin! never thought about that!

Kelvin Jouhar said:

The construction of that bridge is of such poor quality that, in my view, it is highly unlikely to have stood the test of time for over 150 years. (The right hand half would undoubtedly collapse the moment a heavy herd of cows walked over it !!) So the only clues would be in the background and the (very faint) buildings that can be seen. Sorry I can't help.

It looks like a packhorse bridge, most probably in the Lake District, but possibly in Scotland, some of them are of very slender construction - just one stone thick. I have had a quick look on Google images, but not matched it. Try searching for packhorse bridge - good luck. Kindest Regards, Tony

Hi David,

the photograph is of Black Pill [Pyl] bridge in Swansea. often photographed by John Dillwyn Llewelyn and associates.

Alun

(here is a link to a similar image) http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=40251

if that link doesn't work try this one http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=39105

Alun, Thank you! Brilliant sleuthing! I am assuming that the bridge is no longer there. I also have a small salt print of carpenters standing in front of Sketty Church- I have always wondered if it had a connection to John Dillwyn Llewelyn..

Alun Reynolds said:

Hi David,

the photograph is of Black Pill [Pyl] bridge in Swansea. often photographed by John Dillwyn Llewelyn and associates.

Alun

(here is a link to a similar image) http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=40251

if that link doesn't work try this one http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=39105

Hi David,

the bridge is still there!!!

Sketty church (St. Peters) was constructed under the direction (and finances) of the Vivian family (friends of the Llewelyn's) so there could well be a connection (there usually is!)

cheers Alun

Thanks again Alun! Here's the salt print, sorry for the bad photo-iphone through glass!

It's about 11 x 14 cm, in pencil on the back: "Carpenters at Sketty Church" and in blue ink: "J.D.L"

Thanks again! Cheers! David

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Those initials, JDL, is how John Dillwyn Llewelyn, signed his photos.  Just an FYI.

Thanks, Alex!

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