River Bure / Aylsham Navigation
Modern Mayton Bridge
The real interest at Mayton Bridges lies a couple of hundred yards to the west of the main river, where the road rises over a second bridge which comes complete with a couple of very unusual little shelters. This is the old, original 1779 Mayton Bridge, with its two arches spanning the original course of the navigation. The bridge itself is very fine and in an excellent state of repair. It is unusual in that it's two arches are peaked in a manner not seen elsewhere on the river. Maybe this was how they were all built originally, or maybe this was a one off - who knows?
Double arches of the original Mayton Bridge
Today, this second bridge spans a small drainage channel and little else, but it is easy to imagine the wherries being quanted (poled) up against the current, thankful of a second arch to relieve the water pressure against the bows.
Original Mayton Bridge 2009