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Bradford Bridge
River Ribble, West Bradford, Lancashire
Bradford Bridge
associated engineer
Not known
date  possibly early 19th century
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SD744439
photo  Paul Dunkerley / ICE R&D Fund
Most likely designed and built by the Lancashire County Surveyor and Bridgemaster in the early part of the 19th century, Bradford Bridge (or Horrocksford Bridge) spans the River Ribble between West Bradford and Horrocksford cement works, north east of Clitheroe.
A solid, four span masonry 'County' bridge with pointed cutwaters on its river piers on both the upstream and downstream sides. The piers are constructed of coursed rusticated blocks.
The arches are segemented circular, with spans of (starting from the south) 4.8m, 11.1m, 10.9m and another 10.9m. Their rises are 1.1m, 2.28m, 2.2m and 2.6m respectively. The deck of the bridge is 3.8m wide between the solid masonry parapets and the overall length is 48.9m.
The voussoirs (wedge-shaped stones) in all the arches are laid radially in single rings, though the southernmost arch has a keystone. All the other arches necessarily lack this refinement, as their rings of voussoirs meet the stringcourse, leaving no room for a keystone. The infill panels, or spandrels, and the parapets above are laid irregularly and the line of the top of the parapet is rather rough, though it is capped with coping stones. The voussoirs, parapets and wing walls are in sandstone, the spandrels limestone.
Research: PHEW
bibliography
"The Ancient Bridges of the North of England" by E. Joervoise
EP Publishing Ltd, 1973
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Bradford Bridge