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Framwellgate Bridge
River Wear, Durham, UK
Framwellgate Bridge
associated engineer
Not known
date  1401
era  Medieval  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  NZ271424
ICE reference number  HEW 1868
photo  Jane Joyce
One of a number of interesting bridges that cross the River Wear in central Durham. Framwellgate is one of two surviving Medieval stone bridges in the city.
The present bridge replaced an early one constructed circa 1128, which was swept away in a flood. It was known as Flambardís Bridge or Old Bridge. The latter epithet is also applied to the current structure. The earlier bridge had a tower gateway at the Silver Street (east) end.
The present Framwellgate Bridge spans the river with three arches ó one of 26.5m span, one of 25.1m span and one now hidden by buildings. Each arch has of three orders of decoration and five ribs.
The bridge was widened in 1856 to a total width of 8.5m by the addition of two additional ribs. Strengthening works were carried out for Durham County Council in 1922.
Until modern Millburngate Bridge was constructed, most city centre traffic used Framwellgate Bridge. Now it is given over to pedestrians, with occasional use by service vehicles.
Research: ECPK
bibliography
www.englandsnortheast.co.uk
www.icevirtuallibrary.com
reference sources   CEH North
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Framwellgate Bridge