The view of Pulteney Bridge with its three classical arches spanning the width of the Avon just above Pulteney Weir is synonymous with Bath. Designed in the Palladian style by Robert Adam for landowner Frances Pulteney, the bridge, built in 1769-71, is one of only three bridges in the world lined with shops. But Pulteney Bridge is unique in being 18th Century, a time when buildings on bridges were being demolished as impediments to traffic. Indeed the Bath Corporation protested about this outdated phenomenon, but Frances Pulteney was determined (possibly thinking of the shop rents he would collect) and the shops remain to this day. After 1936 the bridge was restored to the original plans and it is this restored bridge that enchants visitors and provides an instantly recognizable image of Bath. Call for tourist information at +44 870 444 6442.
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