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Eadsford Bridge
River Ribble, west of Clitheroe, Lancashire
Eadsford Bridge
associated engineer
Not known
date  original possibly 1339
era  Medieval  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SD725414
photo  Anna J. Dunkerley / ICE R&D Fund
Once known as Edisford, Eadsford Bridge as we know it today includes the structure of a five arched bridge possibly dating from 1339, when a grant of pontage was made.
Today the bridge has nine spans and is considerably wider than the original., though perhaps the 1339 bridge was not the true original, as there may have been a timber bridge on this spot before that date.
Edisford, or "the nobleman's ford" (referring to an Anglo-Saxon nobleman), was the scene of an 1139 battle. King David of Scotland's army fought and defeated the Lancastrians, who were less in number.
The 1339 bridge was 2.44m wide, later widened by 3.65m on the downstream side. It had pointed cutwaters. Its arches were Gothic in shape and each had three ribs. These can still be seen under the main arch.
The present bridge carries the B6243 over the Ribble. The four arches to the east (nearest Clitheroe) span the river, the others are over the meadow. The first is a squared Gothic ribbed arch made of sandstone. It spans 7.5m and rises 2.6m. The second span is the largest. It is a segmental circular arch, measuring 17.95m across and rising 4.2m. The next rwo arches are Gothic and ribbed, spanning 7.6m and 7.7m, and rising 2.47m and 2.56m.
The following five spans are over land. Starting at the river, they measure 7.8m, 4.3m, 3m, 3m and 2.9m. Their rises are 1.85m, 1.7m, 1.4m, 1.2m and one metre. All are segmental circular arches.
The bridge is located about a mile west of Clitheroe Castle.
Research: PHEW
"The Ancient Bridges of the North of England" by E. Jervoise
EP Publishing Ltd, 1973
"The Ribble from its Source to the Sea" by F. Riley
John Heywood Ltd, Manchester, 1914
"Three Rivers" by J. Lofthouse, Robert Hale Ltd, London 1948
"The Buildings of England: Lancaster" by Nikolas Pevsner
Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1969

Eadsford Bridge