Bottesford stands on the River Devon (pronounced ‘deven’), which rises in the hills south of the village and flows approximately northwards until it enters the Trent south of Newark. The village stands where north-south and east-west routes cross the river, originally by means of one or more fords, two of which remain today although one is crossed by a shallow road bridge which is flooded only infrequently.
These pictures show a series of bridges which carry roads, railways and farm tracks across the river. The oldest was built in the 17th Century by Dr Samuel Fleming, Rector of Bottesford. The newest bridge was built in 1989 to carry the A52 Bottesford bye-pass over it. This bridge is situated where you turn off the A52 from Grantham to enter into Bottesford.