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Respryn Bridge
River Fowey, south west of Bodmin, Cornwall
associated engineer
Not known
date  15th century
era  Medieval  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SX098635
ICE reference number  HEW 1562
The medieval bridge at Respryn is the first crossing of the River Fowey above Lostwithiel. Now closed to road traffic heavier than 7.5 tonnes, it once led to a small hamlet of the same name, now demolished.
Respryn Bridge is thought to have been built on the site of a ford, which was followed by a bridge known to have been here by 1300. The present granite and stone rubble bridge has five arches, the central pointed one of which is the narrowest and oldest and dates from the 15th century. The piers either side of it have sharp cutwaters with corresponding pedestrian refuges in the narrow roadway above. The roadway is flanked by stone parapets.
In August 1644, during the English Civil War (1642-51), the bridge was at the centre of conflict between the forces of Sir Richard Grenville (Royalist) and the Earl of Essex (Parliamentarian). The bridge was secured by the royalists, who were supported by the local people with both provisions and intelligence.
In September 2006, the bridge was damaged by a 40 tonne lorry that got stuck between the parapets while trying to cross from the Liskeard direction. The accident caused 30,000 worth of damage to a 10m section of parapet on one side of the bridge.
The bridge adjoins the grounds of Lanhydrock House, which is owned by the National Trust.
Research: ECPK

Respryn Bridge