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Ornamental Bridge, Amesbury
River Avon, Amesbury, Wiltshire
associated engineer
John Smeaton
date  1777
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SU148419
ICE reference number  HEW 1638
A masonry footbridge across the River Avon, built for the Duke of Queensberry as part of a private park, where it remains to this day.
All Smeaton's major bridges were built in the North of England, and of the three minor bridges he designed for the South, only two remain. The Ornamental Bridge is his only classical design.
Three semi-elliptical arches spring from halfway up masonry piers, standing 18ft 6in apart. The shape of the arches is set off by a moulded cornice on the voussoirs. The parapet is ballustraded. The roadway is gated at one end, between plain, square masonry gate towers.
reference sources   CEH South
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Ornamental Bridge, Amesbury