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Sawley Bridge
River Ribble, Sawley, Lancashire
Sawley Bridge
associated engineer
Not known
date  possibly late 18th century
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SD773466
photo  Paul Dunkerley / ICE R&D Fund
A Grade II listed bridge with three segmental circular arches. It carries the minor road between Sawley and Grindleton across the River Ribble, west of the small hamlet of Sawley, perhaps better know for the ruins of its abbey.
The bridge has substantial pointed cutwaters on its river piers on both the upstream and downstream faces, with rectangular pilasters running up the elevations above the cutwaters. The arches each have a single ring of voussoirs (wedge-shaped blocks) that are slightly recessed, and the spandrels and solid parapets are in coursed masonry.
The three arches span 14.35m, 14.3m and 14m. Their rises are 3.34m, 3.3m and 3.26m respectively. The deck of the bridge is 6.82m wide between parapets.
Research: PD
bibliography
"The Ancient Bridges of the North of England" by E. Jervoise
EP Publishing Ltd, Wakefield, 1973
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Sawley Bridge