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Alma Bridge Alma Bridge

Plaque description

In 1855, Mrs. Cornish, wife of the Lord of the Manor of Salcombe Regis, allowed the Sid Vale Association to construct Alma Bridge (named after Battle of Alma 1854), at a cost of £26.10s. Timbers came from the vessel "Laurels wrecked on Sidmouth beach: steps cut into Hanger linked it to cliff path. Bridge repaired 1877 after heavy storm damage.

In 1900 Sidmouth Coundl commissioned architect R.W. Sampson to design present bridge and by 1902 zig-zag path up Hanger completed for £150. Ham Field, then known as "The Marsh" had been presented to the town for public recreation in 1896.

Where is this plaque located?

From The Toll House walk down Milford Road to the Ford (car crossing through the River Sid) and cross over the footbridge. You have now entered Mill Street. Keep walking along and look for Riverside Road roughly 200 yards on the left. Walk down Riverside Road and enter The Ham where there is a playing field and play park. Here you can walk directly to the seafront via the park or along the river to Alma Bridge. The Plaque is located across the Bridge at the foot of the cliff path.

If the Ford footbridge is closed you can walk from the Toll House into Milford Road then immediately left into Beatlands Road (fairly steep). Follow this road until it meets the cliff path and then descend to Alma Bridge (no steps).

Alternatively you can walk from the Toll House up Salcombe Road (over the road bridge) to The Radway Cinema and turn left into town. Walk through the town until you get to Holmdale Road on the left. Walk down here to the end and cross over the Road into Riverside road and rejoin the walk.

The next plaque is located at The Lifeboat Station.