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New seat in Fenland churchyard is a bridge to village's past




A new seat has been installed in a Fenland churchyard thanks to a village council.

The seat, which has been built in the churchyard of St Paul's Church at the Gote Crossroads in Gorefield has been provided by the parish council.

It has been built using the keystone from the original Gote Bridge which was saved when the bridge was demolished.

The seat was built using the keystone from the former Gote Bridge. (45918834)
The seat was built using the keystone from the former Gote Bridge. (45918834)

Originally the bridge was a brick arch similar to the one at Fendyke Lane. The keystone has the inscription LP, which parish councillor Peter Thatcher explained indicated that it was in the parish of Leverington when it was built as there was no parish of Gorefield at that time.

Coun Thatcher said the inscribed date of 1827 indicates when the drains were improved in the area.

He said Gote Bridge was situated at the junction of Cattle Dyke and its position was marked by white railings.

Gote Bridge was situated at the junction of Cattle Dyke. Its position was marked by white railings. By the time of this photo, the watercourse the bridge had originally been built over had been changed to its current state. (45918831)
Gote Bridge was situated at the junction of Cattle Dyke. Its position was marked by white railings. By the time of this photo, the watercourse the bridge had originally been built over had been changed to its current state. (45918831)

The watercourse it was originally built over changed to its current situation and the bridge was left redundant apart from continuing as a meeting point for villagers.

Coun Thatcher said: "It was a place to gather and watch the world go by, an important bus stop, and a focal point of the community. It was known by many as ‘Gote Bridge.’ However, few people were aware in the 50s and 60s that the brick structure remained until road improvements exposed it and the remains were demolished.

"This seat was designed by Alan Holt and built by Lenny Kimber at the instigation of the Gorefield Parish Council."



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