poetry and prose about place

a covered bridge – the Marven Bridge, Kings County, New Brunswick

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In late June, we drove to Sussex to do some errands.  On the way back, we drove off the highway to find the covered bridge over the Belleisle Creek (Kings County).  This bridge is known as the Marven Bridge and is listed as Belleisle Creek #2 in the April 1992 pamphlet ’Covered Bridges in New Brunswick’ (no author indicated).   This means there was once another covered bridge crossing the Belleisle Creek but it is now gone.

The Marven Bridge was built in 1903.  It is 79′ long with a span of  71′.   The roadway width is 15′ 8″, and the load limit is 10 t.   The maximum clearance is 15′ 8″.

The bridge is on a relatively good road in a steep valley.  The blackberries were blooming in profusion along the road near the entryway to the bridge.

Inside the bridge, there is damage to the window openings where boards have been kicked out beside and below the windows.  Otherwise the bridge is in good condition.  We didn’t stop to look at carvings inside the bridge, but I saw a lot of graffiti as we crossed, including a giant ‘2012’.

We didn’t visit this bridge in 1992 as part of our Covered Bridge Project for Canada’s 125th anniversary.  However, my husband remembers going fishing there many years ago.

I was disappointed to discover we did not bring the camera on this drive, but I did a quick sketch on site and a painting when we arrived home.  I hope you like it!!!



June 26, 2013 ‘Marven Covered Bridge, Kings County’ Jane Tims


Copyright  Jane Tims  2013

Written by jane tims

July 10, 2013 at 7:07 am

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  1. Beautiful painting, Jane. 🙂



    July 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm

  2. Your blogs are always so delightful, information in an easy writing style with photos and/or drawings and now watercolours. Did you pick blackberries, or are they ripe yet?


    Carol Steel

    July 10, 2013 at 8:02 am

    • Hi Carol. No, the blackberries are just now in flower. However, they will ripen by the end of July and it looks like there will be lots this year. This exercise project is a great way to practice my watercolors/drawing since there are so many images to choose from. Once I ‘master’ my watercolor technique, I will do some New Brunswick scenes. Jane


      jane tims

      July 10, 2013 at 10:33 am

  3. Wonderful painting!


    Ellen Grace Olinger

    July 10, 2013 at 8:00 am

  4. A lovely, colourful and vibrant painting Jane!


    Gemma Hawdon

    July 10, 2013 at 7:10 am

    • Hi Gemma. Thanks! Although I likely won’t do a post on it, I have been virtually cycling in Brisbane/Mermaid Waters where my brother once lived. I didn’t realise it was so tropical (palm trees everywhere). Also, it reminds me of France … lots of walls and gates and clay tiles on every roof. Jane


      jane tims

      July 10, 2013 at 10:30 am

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