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Yeolm Bridge
River Ottery, Yeolmbridge, near Launceston, Cornwal
associated engineer
Not known
date  circa 1350
era  Medieval  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SX317874
ICE reference number  HEW 1903
Yeolm Bridge, dating from around 1350, is thought to be the oldest surviving — and is considered the most perfectly finished — of all the ancient Cornish bridges. It was also described as Cornwall’s “most ambitious” by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner.
The main structure is of dressed stone, although the parapets have been rebuilt in random rubble with stone on the edge copings. It features two pointed arches of 5.6m span, with a cutwater into the river and a refuge on the central pier. The carriageway was originally 3.5m in wide but the bridge was widened in 1877.
Yeolm Bridge is Grade I listed and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Research: ECPK
reference sources   CEH South

Yeolm Bridge