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Straight Bridge
River Rawthey, A683, east of Sedbergh, Cumbria
Straight Bridge
associated engineer
Not known
date  possibly 16th century
era  Tudor  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SD676923
photo  Paul Dunkerley / ICE R&D Fund
Straight Bridge is constructed of small rough rusticated stones and has a single, almost pointed masonry arch. Its present width of 6m is double that of its original construction.
The bridge has a double ring of voussoirs on edge, no ribs, and larger stones forming the rounded topped copings to the parapets either side of the deck. The abutments have a dual function as cutwaters. There are no pedestrian footways.
Straight Bridge now carries the A683 Sedbergh to Kirkby Stephen road over the River Rawthey, about 2km east of Sedbergh. North-north-east from Straight Bridge, the A683 follows the valley of the river upstream as far as Rawthey Bridge.
Research: PD and AJD
bibliography
"The Ancient Bridges of the North of England" by E. Jervoise
EP Publishing Ltd, Wakefield, 1973
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Straight Bridge