Similar bridges to the St Austell example still survive in daily use at Warminster and Upwey stations and in a Victorian suburb of Trowbridge where a public footpath crosses the line. The first two have long since lost their ornate GWR identities (and roofs) although it is sometimes possible to see the outline of the missing metalwork, especially after overnight frost. The Trowbridge example has remnants of the date left (188?) plus the outline of the GWR monogram. A fresh coat of paint (highly unlikely to ever materialise!) will hide this evidence. Also note the metal cage that was added in 2009 due to repeated acts of vandalism taking place on the bridge. Finally, an Edwardian view of the structure, taken from the opposite side of the line, when values and general standards in society were far, far higher than those we experience today.
Regards, Guy Vincent
Many thanks indeed Guy for your article and for the excellent illustrations. All very much appreciated.