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General Information

Completion: 1798
Status: in use

Project Type

Structure: Vaulted arch bridge
Function / usage: Road bridge
Material: Masonry bridge


Location: , , , ,
  • River Severn
Coordinates: 52° 22' 35.39" N    2° 18' 49.99" W
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Technical Information


main span 18 m
width 8.2 m
number of spans 3


cost of construction Pound sterling 9 000


arches masonry

Excerpt from Wikipedia

Bewdley Bridge is a three-span masonry arch bridge over the River Severn at Bewdley, Worcestershire, designed by civil engineer Thomas Telford.. The two side spans are each 52 feet (16 m), with the central span 60 feet (18 m). The central arch rises 18 feet (5.5 m). Smaller flood arches on the bank bridge the towpath. The bridge is 27 feet (8.2 m) wide.


There has been a bridge at this location since 1447, each being destroyed and replaced. Severe flooding in 1795 destroyed the previous bridge. That bridge comprised five pointed stone arches. A stone gatehouse on one pier had been replaced with a stone cottage by the time of a 1781 print. One of the arches had also been damaged by the Royalists in 1644 and rebuilt in timber.

Parts of a fifteenth-century bridge were rediscovered in 2004 during excavations for new flood defences.

Thomas Telford designed the current bridge and was assisted by resident civil engineer, M Davidson. It was built in 1798 by Shrewsbury-based contractor John Simpson for £9,000. Its toll house was demolished in the 1960s.

Text imported from Wikipedia article "Bewdley Bridge" and modified on 23 July 2019 under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.



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