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Blackfriars Road Bridge, Manchester
River Irwell, Blackfriars Road, Manchester, UK
Blackfriars Road Bridge, Manchester
associated engineer
Not known
date  1820
UK era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SJ835986
photo  ICE R&D Fund
The three masonry spans of the road bridge aross the River Irwell in Manchester date from 1820. This bridge replaced an earlier timber bridge on the site, which dated from 1761.
The bridge slopes up from the abutment on the central Manchester side of the river to the abutment on the Salford side, which is located at the water’s edge. Its three spans are approximately equal, with semi-circular arches little distorted by the slope of the deck. The masonry arches feature single rings of rusticated rectangular voussoir blocks on end. The two river piers are faced with two engaged pilasters with Ionic capitals.
The bridge has been a Grade II listed structure since 4th February 1988.
Research: PD
"A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Greater Manchester” by Robina McNeil and Michael Nevell, Association for Industrial Archaeology, 2000
"The Ancient Bridges of the North of England” by E. Jervoise, EP Publishing Limited, Wakefield, 1973

Blackfriars Road Bridge, Manchester