Our original author of the piece we published on the 90th anniversary of Weymouth Town Bridge got in touch to tell us how interested he was to learn that the 1824 bridge was rebuilt in Briantspuddle!

Richard Samways very kindly sent in a cutting from the old Southern Times of November 1928 describing what happened at first to the masonry before it was presumably re-used - dumped in the harbour!

The article describes the destruction of the Town Bridge as providing a 'grand free entertainment for hundreds of Weymouth people'. The bridge's arch was 'knocked into the harbour', the article reports, and 'about 200 people watched the fun on Wednesday afternoon'.

"They saw the stones drop one by one into the depths of the harbour until two thirds of the key course had been demolished and then, without warning, several tons of unsupported masonry crashed into the water."

It is reported that the arch was allowed to fall into the harbour 'for reasons of economy'.

"Contractors have several alternatives when doing a job of this sort, and they invariably choose the cheapest and the simplest'.

The article then states that the stones which lie on the bottom of the harbour 'will be retrieved by drivers and hoisted onto terra firma again by means of the electric crane'.

Thanks to Richard for this amusing snippet of information!