Salisbury and Fordingbridge Ancient Bridge
date circa 1200
era Medieval |
category Bridge |
ICE reference number HEW 1550
One of three ancient stone bridges crossing the River Avon, the other two being Harnham and Christchurch.
Fordingbridge Bridge is 130ft long and consists of seven stone arches, now with a reinforced concrete footpath on one side which was added in 1901 to widen the bridge.
There is a record of pontage raised at Fordingbridge Bridge in 1252 to pay for repair. More significant alterations were made in 1841 when both sides were widened, adding 4ft 6in to the width of the bridge. The original arches are still visible, being smaller in span than the C19th additions which were built onto the cutwaters.