River Waveney, Flixton Park, Homersfield, Norfolk
era Victorian |
category Bridge |
ICE reference number HEW 836
The oldest concrete bridge in the UK and Listed Grade II, Homersfield Bridge across the River Waveney was an early experiment in combining iron and concrete which predates the emergence of true reinforced concrete from France.
It was commissioned by Sir Shafto Adair who owned the Flixton Hall estates of which it still forms a part. The single, shallow arch has a 50ft span and a rise of 5ft, and consists of a wrought iron frame of vertical girders linked on the underside of the arch to shallow joists set 2ft apart, and the whole encased in concrete. Adair monograms decorate the bridge.
The road was diverted over a new bridge in 1970, and the old route over this crossing is now a foot and cycle path.
Contractors and designers: W & T Phillips, London
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