Monument record CHW 001 - Chelsworth Bridge

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Scheduled Monument - Two short hump-backed bridges of brick, N of Bridge Farm.


Grid reference Centred TL 9825 4798 (43m by 46m)
Map sheet TL94NE


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Full Description

Two short hump-backed bridges of brick, N of Bridge Farm. One is dated 1754 by Jervoise (S1)(S4).
1975: The bridge is in 2 parts and really consists of 2 narrow, humped- backed bridges of red brick. the N one is of 3 spans and looks older than the S one of 2 spans. The S one has a stone plaque with the date 1754. Crosses the River Brett. In fair condition (S2).
1981: W side of N bridge appears to be of more modern construction. Both bridges in good condition. Some repair work seems to have been carried out to piers of S bridge. Evidence of scraping of brickwork by vehicles (S2). 1986: N bridge has very new, fresh brickwork at NE, running from N end of pier to S end of northernmost arch. W side indeed seems to be of more recent brickwork than rest of monument (apart from repairs). S bridge crosses a fast-flowing weir. It has some cracks and bulges in its E face. Very new, fresh brickwork at SE, in both parapet and coping (S2).
1991: Although being maintained, is falling and at risk. "Constantly being damaged by vehicles" (S3).

Sources/Archives (7)

  • --- Bibliographic reference: Jervoise, E.. 1932. The Ancient Bridges of Mid and Eastern England. 127.
  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Pevsner N & Radcliffe E. 1974. The Buildings of England: Suffolk. Pevsner N, Buildings of England, Suffolk, 1975, 164.
  • <M1> (No record type): SAM file:.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Department of the Environment. Scheduling information.
  • <S3> (No record type): Suff Pres Soc (Paul Edwards) survey, table of results, 1991.
  • <S4> Source Unchecked: RCHME?. Various. Field Investigators Comments. F1 PAS 11-MAR-81.
  • <S5> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

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Mar 18 2021 9:21AM

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