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Sighing in Cambridge, Oxford and Venice...

Bridges hold a certain fascination for me. Whatever the shape, size or material used I marvel at the construction and always wonder where on earth an engineer would start in designing one of them.

While I have been at work during the last nine months building my solar plate print collection 'A Tale Of Two Cities', three bridges have held my attention.  Albeit the first one mentioned here is in Venice, not in either Cambridge or Oxford where A Tale Of Two Cities is set but I couldn't resist completing a plate on the Bridge of Sighs in Venice.  It was hard to ignore.

The Bridge of Sighs in Venice is an enclosed bridge passing over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace and was built in 1602.

The Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge is a covered bridge belonging to St John's College of Cambridge University. It was built in 1831 and crosses the River Cam between the college's Third Court and New Court.

The Bridge of Sighs in Oxford (actual name is Hertford Bridge) is referred to as the Bridge of Sighs because of its supposed similarity to the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice. The bridge was completed in 1914.

The name - Bridge Of Sighs in Venice, was given by Lord Byron in the 19th century, and comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality little could be seen from the very small windows due to the stone grills covering the windows.

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