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Yarm Ancient Bridge
River Tees, Yarm, County Durham
associated engineer
date  circa 1400
era  Medieval  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  NZ417131
ICE reference number  HEW 558
The masonry five-span bridge at Yarm, built somewhere round 1400, was only 12ft wide. By the end of the eighteenth century, this was found to be inadequate.
Interestingly, Ralph Wood, the stonemason responsible for Causey Arch, was put in charge of the repair and upkeep of this bridge in 1715. It is the first recorded work undertaken by him.
A supplementary iron bridge by Thomas Wilson was erected 1803-5. However, it fell into the river on 13th January 1806 after the failure of the south abutment.
After this the masonry bridge was given a new lease of life by being widened on the downstream side. It now measures 35ft in width. Its spans vary, with the widest being 50ft.
There was an earlier bridge on this spot, possibly dating from the thirteenth century.
reference sources   CEH NorthBDCE1

Yarm Ancient Bridge