Sacrewell - Wansford - Collyweston - Stamford
The first mention of a bridge in the village of Wansford comes from Oliver Sutton who was Bishop of Lincoln between 1280 and 1299 who granted ‘to all who shall contribute to the upkeep or repair of Walmesford Bridge shall be entitled to twenty days indulgence from purgatory.’ It seems, however, there were few who took up his offer for thirty-five years later the bridge was in such a state of disrepair that a toll was charged to maintain and repair the road. Over two hundred years later, in the first ten years of the reign of Elizabeth I, the bridge was still made from wood. In 1571, a great storm swept away three of the bridge’s arches and a new stone one was built. A study of the bridge tell us that the first seven arches can be dated to 1577, another three date to about 1674 and the largest arch was built in 1795. It is under this arch that the River Nene flows, however, in the spring of 1998, when the river flooded, water ran under all ten of the bridge’s arches and completely covered the water meadows. What a fine, but frightening sight, that must have been.