Talk:Pig Bridge

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Today's puzzle. There is a small stone plaque on the south side of Pig Bridge (visible on the left hand pier when travelling towards Bridgnorth) with a date 30/4/15. I can't see any reason it would be 2015, so presumably is is 1915. However georeferenced maps have a bridge there in the late 1890s, although it appears that it only led to a footpath as the farm was not built at that stage. So was the bridge rebuilt in 1915, or is there some other reason? --Robin (talk) 19:43, 15 April 2017 (UTC)

I have since noticed similar dates on the nearby Accommodation bridge near Crossing Cottage and on Arley Station Bridge, the latter I think being 3/1/15. All can be seen in the same relative position, on the arch to the left when travelling north, although being small they are not easy to read or photograph from a passing train. Maybe the GWRGreat Western Railway carried out a programme of bridge refurbishments in 1915, although I have not seen it mentioned in Marshall or any of the other histories.--Robin (talk) 15:44, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
I would expect the bridges to be original, given that they are built for double track; I can't imagine the GWRGreat Western Railway deciding to (re)build them to that standard at a later date. Of course, that doesn't preclude a refurbishment that left the general structure intact. --Danny252 (talk) 09:02, 28 July 2017 (UTC)
Seems logical. Possibly the stonework around the arches was refaced - the bridges would have been about 50 years old at that time so may have needed some attention. Bewdley and Bridgnorth tunnels were relined in 1910 and 1911 respectively, so other remedial work was going on around that time.--Robin (talk) 16:17, 28 July 2017 (UTC)