Watercolor

End of New Castle Bridge, New Hampshire

Mid to late 19th century / Foster, Sarah Haven (1827-1900)

VP067_EndofNewCastleBridge_6in.jpg

"For many years there was no connection except by water between New Castle and the man land. In 1776 it was voted in the N.H. Legislature to build a bridge or bridges in order 'to secure a retreat for our forces to be stationed at New Castle, in case of a defeat:' but there is no record that this purpose was ever carried out.

"In 1801 a bridge was built connecting Great Island with Rye, but after about twenty years it fell into disuse and decay. In 1822 the present bridges were built, uniting it with Portsmouth by the way of Shapley’s and Amazeen’s (or Goat) Islands; the whole length of the bridges being 2371 feet. In 1874, when the fine Hotel Wentworth was erected, another bridge was built to the main land at the mouth of Sagamore Creek, often called Davis’ Point."

Excerpted from The Portsmouth Guide Book, 1896, by Sarah Haven Foster.

Inscription reads, "End of New Castle Bridge."

~ Foster, Sarah Haven (1827-1900), “End of New Castle Bridge, New Hampshire,” Portsmouth Public Library's Online Archives, accessed November 28, 2021, https://portsmouthexhibits.org/items/show/809.

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Title

End of New Castle Bridge, New Hampshire

Subject

New Castle (N.H.)
Landscapes
Watercolors (paintings)

Description

"For many years there was no connection except by water between New Castle and the man land. In 1776 it was voted in the N.H. Legislature to build a bridge or bridges in order 'to secure a retreat for our forces to be stationed at New Castle, in case of a defeat:' but there is no record that this purpose was ever carried out.

"In 1801 a bridge was built connecting Great Island with Rye, but after about twenty years it fell into disuse and decay. In 1822 the present bridges were built, uniting it with Portsmouth by the way of Shapley’s and Amazeen’s (or Goat) Islands; the whole length of the bridges being 2371 feet. In 1874, when the fine Hotel Wentworth was erected, another bridge was built to the main land at the mouth of Sagamore Creek, often called Davis’ Point."

Excerpted from The Portsmouth Guide Book, 1896, by Sarah Haven Foster.

Inscription reads, "End of New Castle Bridge."

Creator

Foster, Sarah Haven (1827-1900)

Source

Sarah Haven Foster Views of Portsmouth

Publisher

Portsmouth Public Library, Special Collections

Date

Mid to late 19th century

Format

Jpg derived from Tif

Language

eng

Type

StillImage

Identifier

PPL-AA1989.60.67

Watercolor Item Type Metadata

Provenance

Gift of Mary A. Foster, 1901