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King William`s Bridge (Anstey)

King William`s Bridge is an old bridge in the Leicestershire village of Anstey.

Anstey has a well known and much photographed Packhorse Bridge, over the Rothley Brook in the centre of the village, but this one is about half a mile away.

Reached down Sheepwash Lane, it is only known to those on foot, and also crosses the Rothley Brook.

It is probably mediaeval, but local tradition maintains that it was built in the late 17th century for use by William III when he visited Bradgate Park.

The truth is that it was probably modernised at that time.

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