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Melton Heritage Trail

Lady Wilton's Bridge

Lady Wilton's Bridge

Contact

Melton Carnegie Museum

0116 305 3860

Address

Leicester Road,
Melton Mowbray,
Leicestershire,
LE13 0PW

Details

Looking out of the park towards the road is Lady Wilton’s Bridge, built in 1822 in only four months. Prior to this bridge being built, others had existed including one not far away, funded by the Harborough family. A record from 1562 mentions the purchase of a key for the ‘Kettilbye Brigge’ which was near to Lady Wilton’s bridge and a chain for ‘Burton Bridge’, formerly by the railway station but now no longer there.

This bridge is named after Lady Wilton, otherwise known as Elizabeth Charlotte Louise, Countess of Wilton. From 1856 Lady Wilton lived at Egerton Lodge with her husband and father-in-law, the Earl of Wilton. Once her father-in-law passed away, her husband gained the title Earl of Wilton in 1882 but unfortunately died three years later, leaving Lady Wilton without children. Lady Wilton stayed at Egerton Lodge and was hostess to many famous and important people who visited to go hunting. This included the Empress of Austria and her son; the Shah of Persia; Edward, Prince of Wales and eldest son to Queen Victoria and notable politicians including Benjamin Disraeli.

In the old photograph of Lady Wilton’s bridge, there is a lamp over the first and second arches. Originally, the bridge was lit by oil, gas and subsequently electric lighting. A report from 1856 by the Lighting Committee when lamps in the town were powered by gas, argues for improved lighting provision. This was to be achieved by better cleaning of the lamps, maintenance works and the purchase of new lamps including ‘1 lamp, Far Leicester Bridge, wither gas or oil.’

Trail: Melton Heritage Trail

Waypoint: 14

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Map reference: SK 750190  Lat: 52.76423 Long: -0.88985