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Loyn Bridge
River Lune, north of Hornby, Lancashire
Loyn Bridge
associated engineer
Anon
date  after 1591
era  Tudor  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SD580697
ICE reference number  HEW 662
photo  Paul Dunkerley
The minor road from Hornby to Carnforth, north east of Lancaster, is carried over the River Lune on this masonry bridge, which is surprisingly impressive for a route that has little significance nowadays.
The date of the bridge is unknown, though we do know it replaced an earlier one that was reported to the Sessions in 1591 as being "in a dangerous condition". The replacement was clearly built to last.
The bridge has three segmented arches that have no projecting keystones or voussoirs. They do have double rings, the lower recessed 6in, the upper flush. The spans measure 53ft, 62ft 6in and 52ft. The piers have massive pointed cutwaters, which are carried up through the deck as road recesses on both the upstream and the downstream faces, giving a total width for the bridge of 33ft 6in at these points.
The single carriageway is 12ft wide. The solid masonry parapets are 12in wide and have rounded coping stones.
Research: PHEW
bibliography
"The Ancient Bridges of the North of England"
by E. Jervoise
EP Publishing Ltd, 1973
Location

Loyn Bridge