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Town's medieval bridge unearthed
St George's bridge
It may be one of three medieval fortified gates in the country
Archaeologists have been revealing details about the discovery of a medieval bridge in Shropshire.

The discovery was made as contractors dug up the site of a new entertainments complex in Shrewsbury.

The bridge, known as St George's Bridge, once acted as a gateway to the town from Wales and was in existence during the 15th Century.

Talks are under way with contractors to work out the best way of giving people the chance to view the site.

The bridge is thought to be one of three medieval fortified gates in the country.

Councillor Peter Nutting of Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council said the site had to be recorded and protected.

"When we obtained planning permission for the new entertainment venue it was known the potential for exciting archaeological revelations was high.

"This is an important discovery that tells us more about our town's fascinating history."

It is thought that future King of England, Henry Tudor, used the bridge in 1485 to enter England from Wales on his way to the battle at Bosworth.

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