Monument record BSE 081 - Rothe Bridge

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Southgate Street bridge, formerly called Rothe Bridge, built in C13.


Grid reference Centred TL 8591 6360 (50m by 50m)
Map sheet TL86SE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Southgate Street bridge, formerly called Rothe Bridge, built in C13. Said, in 1916, to have been in perfect state of preservation (S3). Surviving stone groining under-ribs of Med bridge over River Linnet, noted and sketched by Stanley West in August 1970 (S1). W half now built over by widening of Southgate Street/Mainwater Lane. Revealed in 1970 during road widening which also showed a flint rubble wall, two feet thick embanking the N bank of the river only, possibly the line of an early (town) boundary (S2). Further Med bridge over Linnet on Raingate Street - see BSE 157.

(TL 859636) Medieval Bridge 15 ft wide, 10 ft 6 ins span, with six carved stone ribs was found when the brick bridge dated 1759 was demolished to improve Southgate Street/Maynewater Lane junction. The bridge which was probably 13th century has been preserved but covered up. (S2)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> (No record type): SAU, West S E, record file, ms, August 1970.
  • <S2> (No record type): West S E, `The Excavation of the Town Defences at Tayfen Road, Bury St Edmunds 1968', PSIA, 32, 1970.
  • <S3> (No record type): Tymms, Handbook of Bury St Edmunds, 1916.
  • <S5> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Mar 12 2021 11:19AM

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