Thursday, 14 November 2019

Monkey Bridge, Tickenham

In 2013 Tickenham Parish Council erected a plaque on the bridge to the south west of the parish church and on the unclassified road that runs south to Nailsea across Tickenham Moor.  The wording on the plaque reads as follows:

Monkey Bridge (formerly Church Bridge)

On Tuesday 13th March 1906 Bostock and Wombwell’s Travelling Menagerie attempted to cross this bridge having already failed to climb the main road by Jacklands Bridge because of ice. The horse-drawn carriage with monkeys on board fell into the rhyne: the elephants and horses tried but failed to free the wagon.  Eventually a local traction engine succeeded and they continued on their way to Clevedon that night.  All animals are believed to have survived the incident.

Plaque on Monkey Bridge

Monkey Bridge looking north east toward the Church of St Quiricus and St Julietta

Monkey Bridge looking south towards Nailsea across Tickenham Moor

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