Prebends Bridge
Prebends Bridge, along with Framwellgate and Elvet, is one of three stone arch bridges in the centre of Durham, England, that cross the River Wear.

Prebends Bridge was designed by George Nicholson and built from 1772 to 1778. It replaced a temporary bridge built after the footbridge, built in 1574, was swept away during a flood in 1771. Forming part of the estate of Durham Cathedral, the bridge is a Grade 1 listed building and is situated below the Watergate at the end of South Bailey, just after St Cuthbert's Society. Although the bridge is wide enough for vehicles, it is mainly used as a footbridge as it only leads to the Riverside paths and up to a closed road barrier to South Bailey. The bridge was restored from 1955 to 1956. In the autumn of 2010 the bridge was temporarily reopened to road traffic under 3 tonnes while Saddler Street was closed due to extensive repaving works as part of the Heart of the City project sponsored by Durham City Vision.

The bridge has a plaque of Sir Walter Scott's words about Durham:

“ Grey towers of Durham Yet well I love thy mixed and massive piles Half church of God, half castle ‘gainst the Scot And long to roam these venerable aisles With records stored of deeds long since forgot ” Next bridge upstream River Wear Next bridge downstream Kingsgate Bridge Prebends Bridge Framwellgate Bridge

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