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Gunthorpe Bridge lies on the River Trent between Nottingham and Newark, and is the only crossing point between these two towns. It carries the A6097 which runs parallel to these two places.
There has been a crossing at Gunthorpe since the Danes established a ferry crossing here. This ferry was mentioned in the Domesday book.
To replace the ferry, The Gunthorpe Bridge Co. raised £7,500 in £10 shares, laid the foundation stone in 1873 and completed the largely iron structure in 1875. In 1925 the toll to cross was 1/- for cars, 2/6 for lorries and 6d for a horse and cart.
The current bridge was built in 1925, after the county council bought the old bridge from the Gunthorpe Bridge Co., demolished it and built a wider one. The bridge is now, thankfully, toll free.