Zoom event: From Brycgstow to Bristol in 45 Bridges

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ESU Bristol branch invites you to an evening with Jeff Lucas to explore the Bridges of Bristol.

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Bristol has 45 bridges that span its main waterways that can be crossed by foot. Each has a story to tell about the history and growth of the city, from the city's origins as the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Brycstow (the "Place of the Bridge") to the present day. They are stories about trade, transport, communities, engineering and design.

In this talk, Jeff Lucas examines the various factors that resulted, over the course of a thousand years, in Bristol having so many bridges and recounts a selection of their sometimes dramatic histories.

All 45 bridges have been linked together into a long-distance walk which takes you from the inner city to the sea and back again, crossing each bridge only once.

Jeff explains how such a walk is a solution to an old mathematical puzzle, solved for Bristol by mathematician Thilo Gross, formerly of Bristol University.

His talk is copiously illustrated with archive photographs and drawings, and his own revealing photography.

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