Bathampton Toll Bridge

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Bathampton Toll Bridge
Bathampton weir and tollbridge - geograph.org.uk - 1310229.jpg
Toll Bridge and weir
Coordinates 51°24′05″N 2°19′32″W / 51.4015°N 2.3256°W / 51.4015; -2.3256Coordinates: 51°24′05″N 2°19′32″W / 51.4015°N 2.3256°W / 51.4015; -2.3256
Carries Motor vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles
Crosses River Avon
Locale Batheaston to Bathampton, Somerset, England
Characteristics
Design Arch bridge
Material Bath stone
No. of spans Nine
History
Constructed by Hickes and Isaac
Opened 1872

Bathampton Toll Bridge is an Arch bridge carrying a road across the River Avon to the east of Bath. It is a Grade II listed building.

The bridge was built of Bath stone by Hickes and Isaac in 1872,[1] for the Bridge Company Turnpike Trust.[2] It has nine pointed arches, three larger ones in the centre and three smaller ones at either end. The north end was built over an earlier bridge and mill leat.[3] The first version of the bridge was built in the 1850s and replaced a ford and ferry.[4]

The Toll House

The road over the bridge between Batheaston and Bathampton is single track with give way signs. On the Bathampton side to the south of the river the road crosses three further bridges. The first is a modern bridge over the dual-carriageway Batheaston/Swainswick Bypass which is part of the A4. The second crosses the Great Western Main Line and the final bridge is over the Kennet and Avon Canal.[5]

The Toll house was built at the same time as the bridge and is also Grade II listed. It is a two storey building with a high pitch slate roof.[6] A board advertising the historical toll prices is still in place.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historic England. "Bathampton Toll Bridge (1395371)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Bathampton Toll Bridge and House". Transport Heritage. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Bathampton Toll Bridge (1320555)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  4. ^ Dowding, Janet; Taylor, Patrick (2013). The Toll-houses of Somerset. Polystar Press. p. 152. ISBN 9781907154058.
  5. ^ "Bathampton Bridge". SABRE. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Toll House (1395373)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 April 2015.