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Packhorse Bridge (Anstey)

The ancient Packhorse Bridge is one of the best known features of the Leicestershire village of Anstey, on the edge of Charnwood Forest.

It is situated on the green beside what is now the main road that leads to Leicester, but originally carried the old Leicester track.

The bridge crosses what in Anstey is known as the Anstey Brook, the little river that everybody else knows as the Rothley Brook.

It was built to take pack horse trains, and is 54 feet long, with five arches. Its width is five feet, and it has cutwaters.

W. G. Hoskins estimated the bridge's date to be about 1500.

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