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Bridges

In the Hundred of Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Bradford Town Bridge

The Town Bridge, Bradford on Avon is of nine arches, of which the two on the far (southern) side are pointed and date from the 13th or 14th centuries. A bridge of some sort was in existence here in 1200. Learn more about the Town Bridge

Barton Bridge

A little downstream is Barton Bridge, which is all medieval of about 1340, with four pointed arches and no parapets. It is not a packhorse bridge, despite what people have started calling it, possibly because it sounds picturesque. It is at least twice as wide as a real packhorse bridge and easily wide enough for a cart (or even a modern tractor!)

Learn more about Barton Bridge

Staverton Bridge

Staverton Bridge is the next bridge upstream from Bradford. Like the Town Bridge two medieval arches have been preserved (on the Holt side), the rest was rebuilt and then doubled in width, but still not wide enough for modern two-way traffic. Drewse Carter of Bradford left 6s8d for Staverton Bridge in his will in 1559.

The Viaduct, carrying the Warminster Road over Midford Brook

Most spectacular of the road bridges of the Bradford Hundred area is the Viaduct which carries the Warmister Road (A36) across the valley of Midford Brook between Limpley Stoke and Monkton Combe in Somerset. It was built as part of the Black Dog Turnpike’s second route from Bath to Warminster and opened in 1834. The architect was George Phillips Manners, who was also responsible for Christ Church in Bradford and many buildings in Bath.