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Exeter Cathedral Close Footbridge
Cathedral Close, Exeter, Devon, UK
Exeter Cathedral Close Footbridge
associated engineer
Not known
date  1814
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SX921926
ICE reference number  HEW 362
photo   Derek Harper and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Exeter Cathedral Close Footbridge is a Grade II* listed structure, located between Southernhay and the entrance to the close. It was part of a footpath along the top of the old city walls, which connected the Deanery Gardens with the Bishop's Palace.
The slender arched iron bridge was constructed in 1814, and bears the legend "Burnet Patch Esq: Mayor ; 1814 ; R. Trewman Esq: Receiver". It spans the gap left by a cut through the city wall at the site of a 13th century tower, made in 1753. The bridge was built to make the Mayor's regular inspections of the wall easier.
There are two segmental cast-iron arch ribs 1.4m apart, of 5.8m span and 1.3m rise. The spandrel infilling is of diminishing cast-iron circles, cast integrally between the arch and the deck. The attractive parapets are in wrought iron, with four panels on each side.
The footbridge retains its original lamp brackets, although the deck has been replaced by a stiffened welded steel plate supported on rolled steel joists.
Research: ECPK
reference sources   CEH South

Exeter Cathedral Close Footbridge