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Wakerley Bridge
River Welland, Wakerley, Northamptonshire
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date  14th century
era  Medieval  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SP954998
ICE reference number  HEW 59
A five-arch stone bridge carrying a minor road, typical of such bridges from the 14th century. Since the bridge's widening in 1793, the arch shapes are different on the upstream side from those on the downstream side.
The original arches are the downstream ones — pointed, with chamfered arch rings. Upstream they are segmental.
The spans vary from 9ft 10in to 11ft 4in. The piers are 6ft wide and the bridge is 81ft long. The 1793 work added 2ft to the bridge's width to make the present dimension of 12ft between the stone parapets.
There are cutwaters on both sides and a carved head on the keystone of the second arch from the north end.
reference sources   CEH E&C

Wakerley Bridge