Porthill Bridge

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Porthill Bridge
Porthill Bridge.jpg
Porthill Bridge, looking downstream,
the Boat House PH is on the right
Carries Footpath
Crosses River Severn
Locale Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
Design Suspension bridge
Constructed by David Rowell & Co.
Construction begin 1922
Opened 18 January 1923
Toll No
Coordinates 52°42′29″N 2°45′50″W / 52.708°N 2.764°W / 52.708; -2.764Coordinates: 52°42′29″N 2°45′50″W / 52.708°N 2.764°W / 52.708; -2.764
Porthill Bridge is located in Shropshire
Porthill Bridge
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Red pog.svg Porthill Bridge shown within Shropshire
grid reference SJ484125

Porthill Bridge, also often referred to as Port Hill Footbridge, is a suspension bridge for pedestrians crossing the River Severn in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.

It connects Porthill with the Quarry and the town centre. Next to it on the Porthill side is the Boathouse public house and Becks Field is also. Both that and The Quarry are large areas of greenery. The bridge experiences significant vibration, even when few people are crossing it.

A ferry operated here until the bridge was built in 1922 by David Rowell & Co.. The bridge was opened on 18 January 1923. £2,000 of the bridge's total £2,600 cost was paid for by the Shropshire Horticultural Society.

From March to July 2012 the bridge was closed for refurbishment, which included repainting the whole bridge and replacing the timber deck, costing £575,000. The bridge was temporarily replaced with a passenger ferry between the Quarry and the Boat House pub with an adult single fare of 50p.[1][2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Article of the bridge reopening in 2012 from local newspaper.". Shropshire Star. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "BBC News article of the bridge reopening". BBC News. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  • Blackwall, Anthony, Historic Bridges of Shropshire, Shropshire Libraries, 1985, ISBN 0-903802-31-7
Porthill Bridge
Porthill Bridge after the 2012 refurbishment seen from the Porthill Road side facing towards the Quarry. Previously the black tar cover of the timber deck was uncovered.


Next crossing upstream River Severn Next crossing downstream
Welsh Bridge  Porthill Bridge
Grid reference: SJ484125
Kingsland Bridge
(Toll road bridge)


Next footbridge upstream River Severn Next footbridge downstream
Frankwell Footbridge  Porthill Bridge
Grid reference: SJ484125
Greyfriars Footbridge


Next road crossing upstream River Severn Next road crossing downstream
Welsh Bridge  Porthill Bridge
Grid reference: SJ484125
Kingsland Bridge
(Toll road bridge)