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Town Bridge, Lechlade
River Thames, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, UK
Town Bridge, Lechlade
associated engineer
Daniel Harris
date  1793
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SU212993
ICE reference number  HEW 628
photo  PHEW
A 51ft span of Cotswold stone that gracefully crosses the River Thames just to the south of Lechlade. The bridge is also know as Halfpenny Bridge after the toll pedestrians had to pay to cross it until 1869.
Town Bridge is a road bridge built by the Burford & Swindon Turnpike Trust. Its main arch rises 15ft and is flanked by two 10ft span flood arches, with a 6ft span towpath arch on the south side. The width between parapets is 20ft.
Unusually for this part of Britain, the bridge has an integral toll house built into the north abutment. Also unusual is the way the stone is laid around the main arch radially instead of in horizontal courses.
The bridge was extensively repaired in 1958 and strengthened in 1973.
Contractor: James Hollinsworth, Banbury
reference sources   CEH W&W

Town Bridge, Lechlade