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Lanercost Old Bridge
River Irthing, Lanercost Priory, 3km northeast of Brampton, Cumbria
Lanercost Old Bridge
associated engineer
Not known
date  1543
era  Tudor  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  NY552633
ICE reference number  HEW 306
photo  Paul Dunkerley / ICE R&D Fund
Described by Jervoise as 'magnificent', this possibly Tudor bridge is situated about 400m south of Lanercost Priory, which was dissolved circa 1543. The bridge is a Grade II listed structure.
With two arches spanning 20m, the total span of the bridge is almost 46m. The deck is some 3m wide between the solid masonry parapets either side, the triangular cutwaters of the central pier being carried up in three stages to parapet level where they form pedestrian refuges. The voussoir rings of the arches are in three orders. The arches are almost four centred in shape.
Carved into the parapet above the cutwater on the upstream side is the date 'MDXXXXIII', though this may refer to an earlier bridge on the same site. The bridge was certainly in a state of disrepair in the early 18th century, for the diary of Bishop Nicolson recorded on 19th April 1705 that there were 'Sharp Repartees in ye morning ‘twixt Mr. Recr. Aglionby and Mr. Gilpin on ye subject of ye decay’d Bridge at Lennard-Cost.'
The bridge was repaired or rebuilt in 1724. Protective work to the pier foundations was carried out several times during the 19th century. It is now bypassed by a modern concrete bridge.
Research: PD and AJD
bibliography
"The Ancient Bridges of the North of England" by E. Jervoise
EP Publishing Limited, Wakefield, 1973
"Bridges of Britain" by Eric de Mare
BT Batsford Ltd, London, 1975
reference sources   BB
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Lanercost Old Bridge