Repairs begin on 'Thomas Hardy novel' bridge in Dorset
Repair work has started on an Elizabethan bridge that features in Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles, after it partially collapsed.
The Grade II* listed Wool Bridge, which crosses the River Frome in Dorset, was damaged in January.
A dam has now been built in the river to allow the area around the affected section of the bridge to dry out.
Damaged and fallen stonework will then be recovered as repairs begin.
A temporary footbridge has also been created on the downstream side of the river for use during the works.
Dorset County Council said the "sympathetic" repairs would see the bridge reopen in October.
The bridge has been closed to traffic for many years, but is used by pedestrians and cyclists, the county council said.
The collapse did not affect the arches of the bridge, it added.
A bridge is first recorded to have crossed the river at the same point in 1343, although Historic England said the current structure was built in the 16th Century.
It features in Tess of the D'Urbervilles due to its location next to Woolbridge Manor, the home of the D'Urberville family.