Pulteney Bridge in the famed historic city of Bath, England, was designed and built by Robert Adams in 1774. It crosses the picturesque river Avon, and was designed to connect the city with the then newly created Georgian town, Bathwick. It follows in the same architectural style as the world famous 'Ponte Vecchio' in Florence, Italy, with the bridge lined on both sides with cafes and shops incorporated into the bridges original design.
Originally commissioned by the bridges namesake William Pulteney with the aim of creating a route for commerce between central bath and the lands on the other side of the River Avon, and in the doing so of course, create Pulteney's fortune. However, in contrast to its practical origins, the bridge is renowned as one of the most romantic bridges in the world: especially when “viewed from Parade Gardens park by the crescent weir”.
Closely following the construction of the bridge, some 20 years post, renovations were made to the end of adding to and expanding the original shops which lined the bridge. Over the following centuries, further alterations to the shops and their facades; including cantilevered extensions to the bridges two faces brought the bridge to a current length of 300 metres and 18 metres wide.