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I fell pray of stories, when first visiting this bridge on the river Cam in Queen’s College Cambridge, alledging that the bridge has been originally build by Sir Isaac Newton and that it contained no bolts or nails. The story continued with the College fellows wanting to dissasemble it and failing to do so, which explained the presence of nails in the present bridge.
When I took the picture I naivly thought that I was in the presence of an object with such a story, but lately found out that the bridge was built in 1749 by James Essex and that it has subsequently been rebuilt to the same design in 1866 and 1905.

Maybe more interestingly, the brick building on the right is the President’s Lodge and was build in approximately 1460 (it is now the oldest building on the river at Cambridge).

Newton died in 1727 and thus cannot have built the bridge, and accordingly to Queen’s College “Anyone who believes that students or Fellows could have disassembled the bridge (and then failed to re-assemble it, as the myth runs) cannot have a serious grasp on reality, given the size and weight of the wooden members of the bridge. The joints of the present bridge are fastened by nuts and bolts. Earlier versions of the bridge used iron pins or screws at the joints, driven in from the outer elevation. Only a pedant could claim that the bridge was originally built without nails.”
I hope you don’t fall pray of the same stories!

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