04 November 2011
Merseyside Bridges: 8. Dutton Horse Bridge
As with many timber structures, it's certainly an attractive bridge, and it's great to see it has survived so well. Two span bridges are reputed to suffer from the problem of the "unresolved duality", where the viewer lacks a primary visual focus and so feels discomfited. This is a phenomenon that has received support from at least one experimental study, where viewers consistently tended to prefer one or three-span bridges to those with two spans. At Dutton, the bridge is rarely seen in full elevation, as the footpath on the opposite side of the river seems not to be the main route. From any other angle, the number of spans is hardly relevant. Even in full elevation, I think it looks fine.
The black-and-white paint scheme is characteristic of several bridges along the Weaver, including the one I'll come to next.