This photograph shows Leven Bridge in the mid 1950s, for the last 40 years I have lived not more than 200 yards from where this photograph was taken and have never viewed the bridge from this angle, there are a number of people visiting the river in the photograph including a ‘Solitary Cyclist’ (sic) and a brave child up to his chest in the river. On the bank opposite are a number of wooden huts and at the top of that field there is a building that looks to me as if it may be a pigeon loft, also in the field is what appears to be an old passenger railway carriage.
Somebody may be able to answer the question, ‘What is the purpose of the set of steps to the right of the bridge?’, I first thought they may be from an old mill race but of course the mill was on the other side of the river, my other thought was that it may drain flood water from the low lying field on the other side of the bridge. At the left side of the bridge it looks as if there is a box on a pole containing a lifebelt and there are a couple of notice boards very likely prohibiting swimming.
Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.