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Swarkestone Bridge is the longest stone bridge in the country, with 17 arches crossing the River Trent about six miles south of Derby. It was the Midlands' main crossing of the Trent for about 300 years. It was built in the thirteenth century to cross the river and its surrounding marshes, though this picture shows the newer section of the bridge, built in the 18th century by Thomas Harrison. The rough water seen below the bridge is caused by the remains of an earlier bridge which was demolished and its fabric left on the river bed. It is said that Bonnie Prince Charlie sent his soldiers to establish a bridge-head at Swarkestone in 1745 just before his retreat from taking the English throne. The Crewe and Harpur pub can be seen on the far bank.