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“its a bridge!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Prototype Bailey Bridge

Prototype Bailey Bridge
Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve, Christchurch, England
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Ranked #8 of 12 Attractions in Christchurch
Type: Bridges, Landmarks
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“its a bridge!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

its a bridge! yes its the first of its type and yes its historical.... but its just a bridge!

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“the FIRST Bailey Bridge, Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve .”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

Take a few minutes to pay homage to a local hero , Sir Donald Bailey, who developed the world famous Bailey Bridge in nearby Christchurch. Here on Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve, Stanpit Lane, Mudeford
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The Bailey Bridge was designed and built at the nearby Military Experimental Establishment (MEXE) situated at Bargates in ChristchurchThis type of light durable bridge was a vital innovation during WWII.
The prototype Bailey bridge was used to span Mother Sillers Channel and remains there to this day.
There is a free car park at the northern end of the marsh which is about 50 yards east of The Ship In Distress Public house in Stanpit village. Usually the prepared paths on the marsh are dry and make for an easy and un-muddy walk while still allowing the rambler to enjoy the environment. A circular route around the marsh takes you down to the Bailey bridge across Mother Sillers channel and then down to the confluence of the two rivers, from then if you head upriver along the river beach and then back inland over improvised railway sleeper bridges, past an old long abandoned iron lifeboat, past the back of the golf course and back across the open playing field.
Look out for the information booth on the route.
There is a plaque of the Bailey Bridge in nearby Christchurch Priory.

Visited April 2011
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