Historic footbridge in Forest of Dean is repaired

Mickla Bridge
Image caption Mickla Bridge is one of only six known "clapper" bridges in the country

A historic footbridge in the Forest of Dean, which was damaged by flooding, has been restored.

Gloucestershire County Council's archaeology service has repaired Mickla Bridge in Alvington, which runs over the Coln Brook.

Heavy rains in 2009 damaged its supporting plinth and abutments, making it unsafe to use.

The structure is one of only six known clapper footbridges in the country, and was once used by packhorses.

The repairs, which cost £17,000, took six weeks to carry out.

Some £12,000 came in a grant from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust and the rest from English Heritage.

The bridge, which is Grade II-listed, is a double clapper, constructed out of very large slabs of stone resting on a central pillar.

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