Mathematical Bridge

The Mathematical Bridge is the popular name of this wooden footbridge that bridges the River Cam at Queens' College connecting the two parts of the college.

The bridge was designed by William Etheridge, and built by James Essex in 1749. It has been rebuilt on two occasions, in 1866 and in 1905, but has kept the same overall design.

Although it appears to be an arch, it is composed entirely of straight timbers built to an unusually sophisticated engineering design, that's how it got its name.

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