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Kerne Bridge is a bridge and village in south Herefordshire, England about 3.5 miles (6 km) south of the market town of Ross-on-Wye and allows the B4229 road to cross River Wye from Goodrich to Walford where it joins the B4324 Ross-on-Wye to Coleford road. The bridge is Grade II listed, of national importance and special interest.
The hamlet was originally known as ‘the Quern’, but later became named after the bridge which was built in 1828. Nearby is a picnic place and canoe launch site based around the foot of the remains of a single-track railway bridge. The Ross and Monmouth Railway from Ross-on-Wye station to Monmouth Troy railway line once closely followed the River Wye for most of the way, and the first station leaving Ross-on-Wye, excluding Walford Halt at Walford, was at Kerne Bridge. The Kerne Bridge railway station, which finally closed in 1959, was located next to the road bridge on the left bank of the river and, after many years as an outdoor activity centre, is now a private house.
On the other side of the river is Flanesford Priory which is now holiday accommodation.
Kerne Bridge is not a civil parish, the hamlet is within the parish of Walford. However due to its location in the geographical centre Kerne Bridge is the name of a local government ward of Herefordshire Council and is represented by John Jarvis who was elected in 2006. The area of Kerne Bridge Ward contains five parishes, they are: Walford, Goodrich, Whitchurch, Welsh Bicknor and Ganarew.
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- Panoramic view from Kerne Bridge
- Kerne Bridge in April 1963
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