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Clare Bridge, Cambridge
Clare College, Cambridge
associated engineer
Thomas Grumbold
date  1639-40
era  Stuart  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  TL444584
ICE reference number  HEW 227
The oldest bridge in Cambridge, this is also one of the earliest in England of classical design. Built mostly of limestone, it spans the River Cam in three arches of 21ft.
The bridge is 75ft long and 14ft wide between parapets, which consist of fine balustrades with large balls on top. Some of the stone is Barnack, recycled from an earlier construction.
It's not entirely clear whether Grumbold was the designer or just a draughtsman. He was paid three shillings for a drawing of it.
Structural repairs were carried out in 1972 to stabilise the deformation of the bridge, particularly the western arch, that has happened over its lifetime.
Contractor: Richard Chamberlayne
reference sources   CEH E&C

Clare Bridge, Cambridge