The last part of last week's adventure lead us back to the River Trent and a wonderful piece of historical architecture. The Essex Bridge is a Grade One listed pack horse bridge which spans the River Trent at the village of Great Haywood in Staffordshire.
The bridge links the village with the nearby Shugborough Estate home of the late photographer Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield. This estate is now owned by the National Trust and this year the trust are opening up the private apartments of the Earl of Lichfield - there is an interesting - blog - about the work being done.
The bridge was built during the reign of Elizabeth I by the then Earl of Essex so that the Queen could enjoy hunting in the woodlands surrounding the village when visiting the Shugborough estate.
The bridge originally had forty spans or arches; just fourteen of those survive today.
Just before we photographed the bridge there was a torrential downpour of rain but it soon cleared and the bridge became very busy with families passing backwards and forwards across it.
I remembered crossing this bridge from the Shugborough estate when we visited a few years ago and thought it would be a super bridge to photograph for this month's Scavenger Hunt but then, having found another unusual bridge, I decided that the Essex Bridge deserved a post of its own.