Bewdley Bridge from Severnside North
|Carries||Motor vehicles, B4190 road|
|Heritage status||Grade I listed|
|Width||27 feet (8.2 m)|
|Longest span||60 feet (18 m)|
|Number of spans||3|
|Piers in water||2|
|Clearance below||18 feet (5.5 m)|
|Constructed by||John Simpson|
Bewdley Bridge is a three-span masonry arch bridge over the River Severn at Bewdley, Worcestershire. The two side spans are each 52 feet (16 m), with the central span 60 feet (18 m). The central arch rises 18 feet (5.5 m). Smaller flood arches on the bank bridge the towpath. The bridge is 27 feet (8.2 m) wide.
There has been a bridge at this location since 1447, each being destroyed and replaced. Severe flooding in 1795 destroyed the previous bridge. That bridge comprised five pointed stone arches. A stone gatehouse on one pier had been replaced with a stone cottage by the time of a 1781 print. One of the arches had also been damaged by the Royalists in 1644 and rebuilt in timber.
Parts of a fifteenth-century bridge were rediscovered in 2004 during excavations for new flood defences.
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- Witts, C., A Century of Bridges, River Severn Publications, 2nd edn., 1998, ISBN 0-9532711-0-2