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Great Bedwyn Skew Bridge
Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire
associated engineer
John Rennie snr
date  1794 - 1816
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SU274637
ICE reference number  HEW 1034
Built during the creation of the Kennet & Avon Canal, this is said to be one of the first brick skew arches ever made — another contender being March Barn Bridge over the Rochdale Canal.
Great Bedwyn Skew Bridge carries an unclassified road over the Kennet & Avon canal at an angle (the "skew"), and the arch itself spans 25ft 3in.
The coursing of the brickwork is irregular, and this has been taken as an indication that the engineer had not mastered the principles involved. However, all Rennie's fixed bridges along the canal have the feature of being wider at the springing than at the crown of the arch. This created special problems in the skewing which would not have occurred in a bridge with a parallel-edged soffit. Great Bedwyn is, moreover, a simple, handsome bridge.
reference sources   CEH W&W
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Great Bedwyn Skew Bridge