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Bath Town Guide
|This architectural gem is one of the most famous sights in the whole of Bath, and tourists flock in their hundreds to take a picture of it. |
The bridge was built in the 1770s and was designed by Robert Adam, it takes its name from the man who commissioned it to be built, William Pulteney.
It is based on the equally well-photographed Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence. And it is architecturally significant in the fact that it is the only bridge in the whole of Britain to still have shops built on it.
The north side of the bridge is a mass of storerooms and run down out buildings, and viewed from this side you may wonder what all the fuss is about.
But if you view it from the south side, you are bound to appreciate its attraction. This side underwent restoration work in the 1970s and so it has gained back some of its former beauty.
The south side of the bridge is especially pretty when viewed at night, as it is usually floodlit after dark.
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