Rye Swing Bridge, South Eastern Railway, c 1855.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Colour print reproduction by Hutton Hartley Ltd, Manchester. It is one of a series of twelve reproduction prints of 'Historic Railway Bridges and Viaducts' published by Railway Reproductions, 4 East Street, Helmshore, Rosendale, Lancashire. The original print was engraved by A Ashley for the British Gazetteer after an original drawing by J F Burrell and published by H G Collins, 22 Paternoster Row, London. When the South Eastern Railway (SER) was given Parliamentary authority to build the line from Hastings to Ashford, a condition was imposed that required the construction of a swing bridge at Rye in order to maintain the navigability of the River Rother. The bridge was replaced by a fixed bridge in 1903.