Teston Bridge

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Teston Bridge
Photograph of Teston Bridge, Kent
Teston Bridge
Carries B2163
Crosses River Medway
Locale Teston / West Farleigh
Owner Kent County Council
Maintained by Kent County Council
Material Ragstone
Number of spans Six
Piers in water Three
Construction end 14th or 15th century
Preceded by Bow Bridge, Wateringbury
Followed by Barming Bridge
Heritage status Grade I listed, also a
Scheduled ancient monument
Coordinates 51°15′11″N 0°26′50″E / 51.252985°N 0.447302°E / 51.252985; 0.447302Coordinates: 51°15′11″N 0°26′50″E / 51.252985°N 0.447302°E / 51.252985; 0.447302
Teston Bridge is located in Kent
Teston Bridge
Teston Bridge

Teston Bridge is a road bridge across the River Medway, between Teston and West Farleigh in Kent, England.

History[edit]

The bridge was constructed in the 14th or 15th century and comprises six arches of various heights and widths, the middle three of which span the river.[1]

Three of the arches were rebuilt at the beginning of the 19th century and the parapet may also have been rebuilt. The bridge is a Grade I listed building and a scheduled ancient monument.[1][2]

Description[edit]

Teston Bridge is built of coursed rag-stone with ashlar capping stones to the parapets. The bridge is narrow, only wide enough to permit traffic to pass in one direction at a time and the parapets feature pedestrian refuges continued up from the cutwaters on each side.[1] It carries the B2163 road, which is crossed on the level by the Medway Valley Line just west of the bridge. The crossing was the site of Teston Crossing Halt,[3] which was open from 1909–59.[4]

Looking south-east across the bridge

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c English Heritage. "Teston Bridge (1262983)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Teston Bridge (415865). PastScape. English Heritage. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey (1940). Sheet 172 (Map). 1:63,360. http://www.npemap.org.uk/tiles/map.html#569,153,1. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  4. ^ Kidner, R. W. (1985). Southern Railway Halts. Survey and Gazetteer. Headington, Oxford: The Oakwood Press. p. 57. ISBN 0-85361-321-4.