Pershore Bridge over the River Avon Pershore Bridge was the scene of a Civil War skirmish. On 5 June 1644 King Charles and his troops were fleeing back to Worcester from their siege of Oxford and reached the bridge over the River Avon with the Parliamentarians in close pursuit. In order to delay them the King ordered that the bridge be demolished. However the task was only partially completed and about forty men reputedly drowned during the ensuing melee. The demolished section of the bridge was rebuilt in 1645, and is recognisable here with the larger arch, which is actually the central one, being made of different materials.
The bridge lasted as the only crossing of the river in the immediate area until 1926 when increasing traffic demands saw <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/859787'>SO9545 : Pershore New Bridge over the River Avon</a> built about 50 metres downstream. Today the bridge and its flood relief arches at either end form a scheduled Ancient Monument.