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White Mill Bridge
Sturminster Marshall, Dorset
White Mill Bridge
associated engineer
date  1175
era  Medieval  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  ST956006
ICE reference number  HEW 376
photo  PHEW
This handsome red and white, Norman bridge is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and probably the oldest bridge to cross the River Stour.
The bridge is 210ft long and, at 12ft wide, has never been widened. The largest of its eight, arched spans is 19ft 6in. The arches are nearly semi-circular, and the face stones of the arch ribs are picked out with white limestone, alternating with the red sandstone which forms the bulk of the material.
Pointed breakwaters on both sides of each pier are extended upwards along the length of the bridge to provide refuges on either side of the roadway. The masonry parapet rests on string course also picked out in paler stone, and the overall effect is both solid and striking.
There is a record that in 1341, three shillings were bequeathed for repair of the bridge. Rather more substantial renovation was carried out in 1964.
reference sources   LG/SJ

White Mill Bridge