"SWARKESTON, as before-mentioned [Ed: with Stanton-by-Bridge], is an adjoining parish to Stanton, in the same hundred as Melbourn, about three miles from that village. Swarkeston bridge is supposed to be the longest in Europe, extending nearly a mile over the meadows and low grounds to Stanton; it was originally very narrow, but has been widened so as to allow carriages to pass each other. The Trent and Mersey canal runs through the parish, and is here joined by the Derby canal. The church is dedicated to St. James: the living is a rectory, in the same patronage as Stanton. Population, by the returns for 1831, 308."
[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]
The parish covers about 850 acres and lies on the north bank of the Trent River some 5 miles south-by-east from Derby city. Its famous bridge, once the longest in Europe, was originally built in the 13th century. The bridge is Grade I listed with British Heritage.
Andy JAMIESON has a photograph of Swarkstone Bridge on Geo-graph, taken in August 2005.
Jonathan CLITHEROE has a photograph from a different angel of Swarkstone Bridge on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2014.