Extracts from the Leicester and Nottingham Journal
November 25th 1791
The memorable Bow-bridge, which has long been visited by every curious stranger who has passed through Leicester, on account of it being the accidental monument over the grave of King Richard the Third’s bones, fell on Saturday last, about
11 o’clock. Its foundation has been some time visibly decaying, and the late rains having swelled the waters which pass
under it, probably took away its principal support on that end towards St. Austin’s Well, which occasioned its destruction.
December 2nd 1791
That piece of antiquity, called Bow-bridge, near this town, (mentioned in our last to have been destroyed by the late flood)
was famous in history, as having been supposed to be that over which the body of Richard the Third was dragged with contumely after the defeat of Bosworth-field; and under which his remains were said to be deposited on the demolition of
the Grey Friars at Leicester:--
Mr. Cradock, the proprietor, would have repaired it at a considerable expense, but on inspection by some master builders, when the flood subsided, it was found to be demolished past all recovery.