Holt Fleet Bridge

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Holt Fleet bridge

Holt Fleet Bridge, also known as Holt Bridge, is a cast-iron arch bridge over the River Severn, at Holt in Worcestershire, England. It has a span of 150 feet (46 m); it was designed by Thomas Telford and opened in 1828.[1] It is Grade II listed, and is similar to Telford's Galton Bridge, which is a Grade I listed structure that spans his BCN New Main Line canal at Smethwick.

The bridge was built with five cast-iron ribs, with X-braced spandrels, as were several of Telford's bridges. It was strengthened in 1928.[2] when the upper and lower parts of each rib and some of the diagonal struts above them were encased in concrete. The road deck was rebuilt in reinforced concrete and widened at the same time.

Semicircular arches at each end, built in red sandstone, allow for the passage of riverbank foot-traffic and floodwater.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cragg, R., Civil Engineering Heritage - Wales and West Central England, Thomas Telford Publishing, 1997
  2. ^ Thomas Telford's Bridges Over the River Severn

External links[edit]

  • photos of Holt Fleet Bridge and surrounding area on geograph
  • Map sources for Holt Fleet Bridge
  • As the bridge spans two districts of Worcestershire, it has two listings in Images of England:
    • Historic England. "Malvern Hills (151770)". Images of England. and
    • Historic England. "Wychavon (148007)". Images of England.
  • The Holt Fleet - a historic restaurant adjacent to the Holt Fleet Bridge

Coordinates: 52°16′03″N 2°15′39″W / 52.26757°N 2.26079°W / 52.26757; -2.26079