Framed seascape

The Spa Bridge, built across a ravine, initially charging pedestrians

The Spa Bridge, built across a ravine, initially charging pedestrians

This 475ft long arched bridge creates a framed panorama of the seascape, created for access between the Spa, South Cliff and the town centre. Spa ticket-holders crossed for free but other pedestrians were charged a toll of 1d. Within easy distance of the bridge there were four cliff lifts and these days it offers a superb view of the South Bay beach and harbour ... a pity that then its historic stone stanchions, particularly the roundabout pillar, is stained by gull mess and debris that requires a tougher remedy to help maintain acceptable environmental standards in keeping with the heritage and civic pride.