Wetherby Bridge

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Wetherby Bridge

Turner visited Wetherby in 1816 during his extensive tour of Yorkshire to collect material for the history of York series.  He had been asked to make 120 watercolours and this was the most valuable commission he had received to date. 

He reached Wetherby sometime in the third week of August, on his way from Farnley Hall, the home of his Yorkshire friend and patron Walter Fawkes, via Spofforth, Wetherby, Cowthorpe and Healaugh Priory, before reaching his destination, York.

Picnic siteDogs accepted

Turner's Viewpoint

For this commission, Turner was generally seeking out views that would unite most of a site's essential features, so at Wetherby he sought out a vantage point that united the river, bridge, church and town from just a little way downstream of the bridge (River with Bridge. ?River Nidd, 'Yorkshire 1' sketchbook, Finberg number: CXLIV 8a - 9 NB: labelled as River Nidd).

Unfortunately Turner's exact viewpoint is now obscured by tree growth.

Discover The Landscape

The Turner Trails bench and panel are located in the town's picnic site and car park, where close up views of the bridge can also be enjoyed.

The Venue


Wetherby Bridge, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22

Map reference: SE406479

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Directions to Wetherby Bridge:

Just off the A1, follow the A661 towards the town centre. Just after crossing Wetherby Bridge, turn right at the mini-roundabout into the car park and picnic site