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World Heritage status bid for bridge linking Gloucester with Wales

Posted on 27th January 2016

The Old Wye Bridge will be celebrating its 200th anniversary in July, with one local councillor wanting to mark the occasion alongside an even bigger milestone.

Old Wye Bridge

However, the status could be a big ask with the likes of Stonehenge, the Taj Mahal and the Acropolis just some of the big names that Old Wye Bridge, linking Tutshill to Chepstow, is up against.

The man behind the challenge is Councillor Gethyn Davis (C, Tidenham) and is calling for the historic river crossing to be rated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If the bridge does receive the prestigious status, the area will gain a huge boost in tourism and visitor numbers, with many already making the crossing for their Forest of Dean cottage holidays.

Speaking to the Gloucester Citizen, Davis commented: “This is an issue worth fighting for. My fellow councillors don’t seem interested but that isn’t going to stop me.”

“It’s a wonderful piece of work. There was some repair work done recently but members of the public can’t see the amazing lattice work underneath.”

The bridge opened in 1816 with beautiful, unique construction work beneath the bridge making it an original linking landmark between the village and the town.

Image Credit: Ed Webster (Flickr.com)