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Trent Bridge, Nottingham
River Trent, Meadows, Nottingham, UK
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
associated engineer
Marriott Ogle Tarbotton
date  1868 - 1871
era  Victorian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SK580382
ICE reference number  HEW 724
photo  PHEW
The current bridge is the fourth on the site since C10th. Its three main spans of 100ft use cast iron arches braced with wrought iron girders to support the roadway.
The first bridge on the site had stone piers and timber beams. It was built soon after 920. The second was begun in 1156 and had more than 20 stone arches and a chapel at one end. The northern half was swept away by a flood in 1683.
The third bridge had 15 pointed arches, a causeway at the southern end and two further flood arches. By 1867, however, the foundations had been seriously scoured by the river and a replacement was begun just downstream.
Tarbotton used coffer dams to construct the foundations -- the river bed was excavated about 5ft to sandstone. The cast iron arches have eight ribs each and the face ribs are moulded and cast integrally with the spandrels.
The parapets are open ironwork and, as built, the bridge was 40ft wide. The river piers are made of ashlar stone faced with Aberdeen granite columns. The ashlar abutments are massive. Outside them are flood or footway arches, one on the north side, two on the south.
On completion of the new, the old bridge was demolished except for the two flood arches, which can now be seen in a traffic island.
Trent Bridge was widened to 80ft in 1924-6. The work was carried out on the downstream side -- the face stonework and iron ribs were re-erected as before but in new positions. Reinforcd concrete ribs were inserted between the iron ones for strength.
Contractor: Benton & Woodiwiss
Iron work: Andrew Handyside & Co
Contractor for widening: Cleveland Bridge Engineering Co
reference sources   CEH E&C

Trent Bridge, Nottingham