Essex Bridge, Staffordshire

February 27, 2020

Originally called the Shugborough Bridge, Essex Bridge is a Grade 1 listed packhorse bridge that spans the River Trent carrying the Staffordshire Way. Crossing the bridge takes you from Great Haywood to the Shugborough Estate.

Essex Bridge, StaffordshireEssex Bridge, StaffordshireOne of the oldest and unaltered pack horse bridges in England. This bridge lies over the River Trent. It was built in 1550 by the then Earl of Essex for Queen Elizabeth I, so that when she visited the estate she could go hunting in the woodland around the local village. The bridge was built in 1550 by the Earl of Essex who at the time lived at the nearby Chartley Castle. It was built for Queen Elizabeth 1, so that when she visited the Shugborough estate she could go hunting in the woodland around the local village. 

Essex Bridge, StaffordshireEssex Bridge, StaffordshireOne of the oldest and unaltered pack horse bridges in England. This bridge lies over the River Trent. It was built in 1550 by the then Earl of Essex for Queen Elizabeth I, so that when she visited the estate she could go hunting in the woodland around the local village. It is the longest remaining packhorse bridge in England, although it only has fourteen of it's original forty round span arches left. These original 40 arches extended into Shugborough Park. 

Essex Bridge, StaffordshireEssex Bridge, StaffordshireOne of the oldest and unaltered pack horse bridges in England. This bridge lies over the River Trent. It was built in 1550 by the then Earl of Essex for Queen Elizabeth I, so that when she visited the estate she could go hunting in the woodland around the local village. It is the least altered old bridge in the country, being almost as it was when it was built. The parapets were build low purposely to allow packhorse loads to cross without rubbing on the stonework. The bays were for people to stand in to allow the packhorses across. It is also a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Essex BridgeEssex BridgeOne of the oldest and unaltered pack horse bridges in England. This bridge lies over the River Trent. It was built in 1550 by the then Earl of Essex for Queen Elizabeth I, so that when she visited the estate she could go hunting in the woodland around the local village. The surrounding countryside is beautiful in any season, whether you choose to walk the Shugborough Estate, the canal, the woods, the river or the village, it is worth a visit.

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