The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth

Old Laira Bridge

Preparatory work for the first Laira Bridge was started on August 4th 1824 and the foundation stone was laid by the Second Earl of Morley on March 16th 1825. The Duchess of Clarence, later Queen Adelaide, opened the bridge on July 14th 1827. It operated as a private toll bridge.

Below you can see an aerial view of the transition between the two bridges. Note also the china clay sediment running through the River Plym and the old power station in the bottom left.

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