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Monnow Bridge in Monmouth, Wales, is the only remaining medieval fortified river bridge in Great Britain with its gate tower still standing in place. These used to be common across the country, but time and changing use means this is the only one left. Originally built with a portcullis, it's primary use was for defence, but over the years it developed into a toll collection point, a jail and even a home!
Now it remains standing guard over the River Monnow at the bottom of Monmouth's high street. You used to be able to drive over, but since the new bridge was built a bit further downstream it has been pedestrianised, meaning you can walk across at your own leisure. It's great for taking pictures, and watching the bird life that flocks around and below.
Tours are available of the gatehouse above the bridge. Please contact Monmouth Shire Hall for more details.
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