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Liberty Bridge, Puddle Dock/ Strawbery Banke Archive
Strawbery Banke Presents

The old "Liberty Bridge" was built in 1731 over the cove at what later became Puddle Dock. The 85-foot Liberty Pole topped by a four-foot carved eagle was added on July 4, 1824. It honored Portsmouth’s Stamp Act protest in 1766 when angry locals marched against a British tax on paper. The bridge is gone, but the pole still stands by the flowerbeds at Prescott Park. 



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Liberty Pole and Bridge, Portsmouth, NH / (c) Strawbery Banke Museum Archive

Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
(c) Strawbery Banke Museum . All rights reserved

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Carved Eagle on top of pole ? STtrawbery Banke Museum Archive

The original eagle here is currently in the Portsmouth Public Library
and the pole, eagle and carved plaque are at Prescott Park

Liberty Pole today, Portsmouth, NH / Photo

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