Bridges as tourist attractions

Bridges as tourist attractions

Bridges as tourist attractions

If you go to London, you’ll know many of the bridges by name. Some will be on a ‘to-be-photographed-on’ list. Across the whole of the UK, many towns like Stratford have old bridges that are still in (ever busier) use that are pictured in tourist and generic PR for that town. We have two such bridges – Clopton Bridge with its refurbished Toll House and the old mill next door to it – and the Tramway Bridge which once was a key piece of infrastructure for residents and businesses in times gone by.

Lucy’s Mill Bridge was just such a key bridge and if you’ve looked at the history (Link – Actions To Date) you’ll have seen that it has had several incarnations, including once being made of wood.

The Friends of Lucy’s Mill Bridge want to give the bridge a future where its used by everyone.

There are three options:

1) That the present bridge is modified – modifications which retain or offer as much of the style and design of the present build. There are Art Deco influences. The bridge was made of concrete – which for when it was built was quite innovative.
2) A new bridge is built close to the site of the present bridge
3) A new bridge is built which replaces the present structure

Elsewhere on this site you”ll be able to find info about how cost comes into each option – the minimum spend to have a structure which will last for a considerable time and has low maintenance costs then of course that if more design work is put into any of the above options, or special materials used, that the visual impact of the bridge will increase so people will want to go and see it – really to be impressed.

However, just the actual story of giving the bridge a proper future (and being accessible by everyone is just that – a ‘proper’ future) – this will make the bridge a tourist attraction, a town asset.

If somehow a new bridge was built with lots of respectful innovation, yes that would be notable and can be used year on year to say and show how our Town is a wonderful place – but if the solution is simply the most cost effective and simple renovations, that is a story that is worth telling and should continue to be told.

Do though think about how Lucy’s Mill Bridge is part of your everyday life – whether you use it regularly or just once in a while. Yes that it becomes a town asset is important, but that is helps all our residents and visitors enjoy and have practical access to all of the town – this is the key issue!

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Open Afternoon with lots to show you

Open Afternoon with lots to show you

Friends of Lucy’s Mill Bridge – Open Afternoon –
Please Come Along – We’ve Lots to Show You!!!!

On Saturday 2nd December, from 2-5pm, we will be hosting an Open Afternoon in the Town Hall, at the top of Sheep Street. We’ve lots to show you if you can come along.

You will be the first to see drawings and some actual architectural designs, for an option to add ramps to the present bridge, so making it a bridge for everyone. The Friends of Lucy’s Mill Bridge have had some wonderful help from Stratford architects Hawkes Edwards, along with lots of support from the Avon Navigation Trust, and the presentation you will see represents a viable option so that all Stratford Residents – and all our Visitors – will be able to use the bridge.

That’s not all!!!

You will be the first to see the results of the physical surveying of actual numbers of people who presently use the bridge – and records of people who have arrived at Lucy’s Mill and NOT been able to cross.

We’ve covered everyday of the week. We have surveyed early in the morning – and seen 60+ people an hour using the bridge. On a really sunny Sunday, that figure was well over 300 people. These figures are for Autumn use, so will be higher in Summer months. You will be able to see that the bridge is used several thousand times a week.

What we’ve also done is create a database model, breaking down our Town into small areas – such as Saffron Meadow and Old Town, Evesham and Banbury Roads, the residents of Bridgetown, visitors parking at Rec, people working in Central Stratford etc. This model can be used in conjunction with the physical surveys to show where people come from and where they go to.

You, as an individual Stratford Resident, can have a copy of this model and put it any figures you feel are appropriate. One of the key local statistics you could include is that there are more than 1000 people who claim a disability allowance and live in the locality. For many of these fellow Stratford residents, using Lucy’s Mill Bridge has never been an option.

There are two more displays you will be able to take a look at. The first will be all the entrants in the ‘Lucy’s Lift’ competition – and we will announce the prize winners!

The second will be a montage of pictures – pictures of many of the dogs who take a walk across the bridge, some everyday of the week! Thanks must go to all the owners who have allowed pictures of their wonderful animals to be taken.

You will be able to give your thoughts on everything you see. There will also be hard copies of the online survey that we are running. If you haven’t done so yet, please use the links below for \residents or \visitors. If you have friends who come to Stratford – whether once or twice a year, or a few times a month, please ask if they could complete the Vistors Survey.

Residents Survey for Lucy’s Mill Bridge Usage

Visitors Survey for Lucy’s Mill Bridge Usage

We are going to use TV screens to show you some of these presentations. You’ll be able to take a couple of minutes to watch then talk to ‘Friend’ about what you’ve seen. The more screens we can have available the better so if you are a Stratford Hotel (who has a screen that is used by conferences say during the week) might you be able to let us borrow it? Or it could be that you have a presentation screen you use as part of your business?

We’d also like to offer visitors some refreshments if possible. Saturday is going to be a really busy day with visitors but if you are a Stratford Cafe or hotel and could bake a few extra biscuits or little cakes, we’d love to be able to offer them to guests. As soon as you could say ‘yes’ we will promote your name in everything about this special day.

This will be the end of a busy year for the Friends of Lucy’s Mill Bridge. The one thing we haven’t been able to get you yet is all the background work done on the bridge in the past 10-15 years. We will ask Warwickshire County Council for what they can give us and hopefully start 2018 with this.

Lucy’s Mill Bridge Surveys

Lucy’s Mill Bridge Surveys

We have created two new surveys for Lucy’s Mill Bridge, one for Residents and the other for Visitors.

Please help by completing one of the surveys. Your responses will be collated to support the upgrading of the bridge for full access for all.

Residents survey – online: Residents Survey for Lucy’s Mill Bridge Usage

Visitors survey – online: Visitors Survey for Lucy’s Mill Bridge Usage

Or, download a pdf copy to print and send in.

Residents PDF: Residents Survey PDF FORM.

Visitors PDF: Visitors Survey PDF FORM.

To contact us, please use our contact form below:

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Lucy’s Mill Bridge Lifts – A Fun Childrens’ Design Competition

Lucy’s Mill Bridge Lifts – A Fun Childrens’ Design Competition

LUCY’S LIFTS – FUN COMPETITION

Happy Holidays! No School for the Summer. Lots to do like holidays to go on and friends to see.

We hope you have a wonderful time but if you are looking for something special to do we’d LOVE it if you could help up with Lucy’s Mill Bridge. If you are 12 or under, this is something for you!

If you live on the ‘Town’ side of Stratford, you may not know that Stratford has three bridges. There is Clopton Bridge which you’ve been over in a car and next to it is the Tramway Bridge that you’ve walked over to get to the Rec – to go and play on the grass by the river or maybe if you’ve had a trip to the Butterfly Farm, or to go on the river in a boat.

Further down the river is Lucy’s Mill Bridge. It’s named after Lucy, a lady who had a Mill built for her (where the tall flats are) and has been a place where people have crossed the river for a long long time (100s of years).

When Lucy’s Mill Bridge was built of wood, it did fall down (a few times). Go back about 100 years and they built a concrete bridge and this one has lasted, even when the river has flooded (see the picture).

Lots of people do use the bridge, but lots can’t.

You may have a younger brother or sister who gets pushed around in a wheelchair. They can’t walk a long way yet! Or ask your Mum or Dad about when you were little and you had your own pushchair. They will tell you that Lucy’s Mill Bridge’s steep steps are really hard to use.

Its the same for people who don’t walk as well as they used to. Most important though is that if you have friends who use a wheelchair, the only way they could get up and down the steps is to be carried.

That’s what the Friends of Lucy’s Mill Bridge are here to do – to change all this. The bridge does need a coat of paint. It also needs to be a bridge that everyone can use. That could be if ramps were added to each end of the bridge. There could be a bridge to replace this one, or a new bridge built close by. Or there is one other option which is where YOU can help!

Why not have a lift or a moving staircase – an escalator?

It could be bright and shiny, made of metal and glass (like you see in shopping centres) – remember we would need two, one of each end, and the shape of the steps is different on either side of the bridge.

Could a lift be hidden away inside something that looks like one of the trees along the riverbank, so that people go out onto the bridge along its branches?

Could there be statues of Lucy (and her friends) that hide the lift away. We don’t have pictures of Lucy but she lived a long time ago. If you search for picture of ladies from the 17th and 18th Centuries, you’d have a good idea?

Its really up to you! You can be very serious or really crazy! This is a bit of a competition in that there will be some prizes but every entry* will be displayed on our web site and many will be used at the exhibition we are going to hold, in Stratford, this Autumn. The best entries will be used in a presentation we will give to important people later on this year.
You can make your own drawings, paintings or models.

You can use the drawings HERE and HERE to sketch or paint over.

Or you can use them – or say a picture you take – and use computer software to create your plans and pictures.

You can put notes around the edge of your picture, explaining what things are and what they do.

There is a set of Rules HERE that you need to show your parents or guardians before you start but the main things you must do are:

1) Use an A4 piece of paper which is on its side – in landscape format – so that it is wider than it is tall OR take a photos (say of a model you make) which is a landscape
2) * We will show every entry we receive as long as a picture doesn’t have any details of who you are on the picture (they go on the back on your entry), and that your picture doesn’t use any logos of companies on it, or picture of famous people (anyone actually) that you find on the internet or cut out from a magazine.
3) You can only enter once and your entry can be up to 3 pictures (pages)

So its up to you!

Why not ask to go for walk to the bridge (if you haven’t been)? If you have a pet dog, you could take them down and take their picture for ‘1000 Paws’ 

The closing date is 30th October 2017.

To enter, you can either post your entry to

The Friends of Lucy’s Mill Bridge
The Town Hall
Sheep St,
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6EF

(or you can post an entry by hand in the post box for the Friends inside the Foyer of the Town Hall)

Or you can send images (PDFs, JPEGs) of your entry to lucyslift@lucysmillbridge.co.uk