Lovelace Bridges, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey
Back in the 1860’s Lord Lovelace owned a big estate at East Horsley near Leatherhead; an enterprising chap, he was keen on foresting timber from his woods but getting it out with horse drawn carts wasn’t without it’s problems, so he built a series of 15 horseshoe shaped bridges of varying sizes, from 6ft wide to 18ft, all in the same style of flint and red brick. If you download the Lovelace Bridges walking trail you can still see 10 of the Lovelace Bridges, 3 still have their original name and date plaques. To come across them deep in the woods is quite a surprise and that connection with their history can’t fail to fascinate; there’s something very romantic and magical about it all.
All information correct at the time of writing