Here we see a print from a steel engraving of Wilton Bridge, called "Ross Bridge". It first appeared in 'Our Own Country' which was a series of Victorian
illustrated topographical studies which was first published in the mid 1880s.
Views of the Bridge
Wilton Bridge pre 1950 (Click for a larger image)
Here we see the upstream side of Wilton Bridge (from a real photograph postcard by an unknown publisher) with the Sundial seen on the north side and the bridge has not been widened by this time so the parapets can be seen along this side of the bridge which have since been removed during the changes to the bridge.
This view shows the north side of the bridge before it was widened. The sundial can be seen on one of the upstream parapets and next to it are two people watching the photographer. On the sides of the bridge, at the bottom of the parapet walls, large amounts of vegetation (preumably weeds)
can be seen to be growing.
The Kings Head Inn and Gate House can clearly be seen to the right of the photo.
Wilton Bridge, Ross pre 1950 (Click for a larger image)
This is a postcard view of the "Wye from Wilton Bridge". The view of the Wye looking downstream through the first arch on the Ross side of the river. The zig-zag stones making up the arch can be clearly seen.
Wye from Wilton Bridge [Publisher: Judges (no.3438)] (Click for a larger image)
Wilton Bridge [Publisher: R.E.Davies] (Click for a larger image)
This R.E.Davies postcard shows the south side of Wilton Bridge with St. Mary's Church in the background. It is very noticeable how few trees can be seen growing on the bank.
This postcard shown the upstream side of Wilton Bridge from the West bank of the river. The sundial can be clearly seen as being on the north side of the bridge and being as the postcard makes reference to "Ross-on-Wye" then this dates the card to between 1931 and 1945.
Wilton Bridge, Ross-on-Wye [Publisher: Walter Scott, Bradford (R200)] (Click for a larger image)
Views off the Bridge
River Wye from Wilton Bridge Ross [Published by Kingsway c.1911] (Click for a larger image)
This is the view south off Wilton Bridge in around 1911. The view has changed greatly since then, as the wall has been removed, although there are still regularly canoes moored at this point when a break at the White Lion is in order.
Over the Bridge
Here we see a pony and trap coming over Wilton Bridge before it was widened. This is taken from a postcard published by H.T. Marfell from Broad Street & 12 Market Place Ross-on-Wye. The sundial is on the top side of the bridge and there are several people and horses and carts heading for the bridge in the background from the direction of Hereford.
Traffic on Wilton Bridge (Click for a larger image)
The two real photo postcards below, thought to have been taken at around a similar time, show the view over Wilton Bridge. This is prior to the widening of the bridge thus the sundial is still on the north side. The large number of telephone lines crossing at this point are also clearly visible.
The view towards Wilton [Unknown publisher] (Click for a larger image)
Wilton Bridge Ross-on-Wye (R202) [Published: Walter Scott] (Click for a larger image)
1The Bridges of Wales and Western England by E. Jervoise, A.M.Inst.C.E. - pub 1936 The Architectural Press 2The Turbulent Story of Ross & Archenfield against the famout background of Ross-on-Wye - Sept. 4 and 5 1976