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Caption for Worcester, The Cathedral And Bridge 1891: The majestic cathedral overlooks the bridge designed by John Gwynn in 1781, replacing a medieval structure built c1313, which was upstream from the present site. Gwynn's bridge had already been widened by 1847, long before this photograph was taken, but no major reconstruction took place until the 1930s. The laden barge in the foreground is a reminder of the days when the River Severn was the busiest trade route in Britain. At one time, North Quay (on the left) would have been crowded with boats, but by 1891 the railways had taken over, leaving Severn trade to stagnate.

An extract from Worcester Photographic Memories.

Memories of Worcester, the Cathedral and Bridge 1891

Was a big city and full of traffic. A bit dirty I am afraid. The outskirts of the city where much nicer.

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