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St Saviour's Bridge
Ottery St. Mary, Devon
associated engineer
date  1851
era  Victorian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SY092952
ICE reference number  HEW 947
A cast iron single-span road bridge over the River Otter on a site that has not been without a bridge since 1355.
The bridge spans 83ft in one go, using five segmental arched ribs at 5ft centres supporting cast iron trays on which the deck is carried. The ribs are made of I-section, 2ft 5in deep with 8in wide flanges.
In its construction, the bridge resembles the railway bridges at Thornhill near Dewsbury, Yorkshire, built in 1847 by the same firm. St Saviour's Bridge is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
In 1992, the bridge was widened by the extension of the abutments and the moving of the southern arch rib. Six universal beams were added between the ribs to carry a new reinforced concrete deck. New parapets were added just inside the originals.
Upstream of this bridge can be seen four three-arch masonry or brick bridges by James Green. Downstream are two more.
Construction: Joseph Butler & Company, Stanningly Ironworks
reference sources   CEH South

St Saviour's Bridge