Saturday, 19 February 2011

A Bridge Too Old

Saturday 19 February 2011.

Today's edition proved that the Mercury reporters have a knowledge of time and space that would do Einstein credit.

It appears that the Bowstring Bridge, demolished to make way for another De Montfort University building, was 180 years old in 2009. By my calculations that means it was built in 1829.

However, the Great Central Railway in Leicester did not open until 15 March 1899 so -

(a) Did an early 19th Century engineer build the bridge and have it hidden away for 70 years just in case it would come in useful?


(b) Has the Mercury with its extensive knowledge of local history produced another top quality howler?

Answers on a postcard to the editor.

Many thanks to local railway historian Steve Branston for pointing out this blunder.  

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