Pooley Bridge (structure)

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Pooley Bridge
Pooley Bridge (geograph 1822495).jpg
The bridge in April 2006
Coordinates54°36′44″N 2°49′20″W / 54.612238°N 2.822185°W / 54.612238; -2.822185Coordinates: 54°36′44″N 2°49′20″W / 54.612238°N 2.822185°W / 54.612238; -2.822185
LocalePooley Bridge, Cumbria, England
Heritage statusGrade II listed
National Heritage List for England1145267
MaterialRed and calciferous sandstone
No. of spans3
Collapsed6 December 2015 (2015-12-06)

Pooley Bridge was an historic stone road bridge that crossed the River Eamont in the village of Pooley Bridge near the northern end of Ullswater. It connected two civil parishes, Barton and Pooley Bridge and Dacre, and was grade II listed in January 1991.[1]

The bridge, erected in 1764 and replacing an earlier bridge from the 16th century, collapsed on 6 December 2015 when Cumbria was hit by heavy flooding as a result of Storm Desmond. A temporary replacement was opened on 20 March 2016.[2]

A parapet stone was inscribed "JS & IR 1764".[1]


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1145267)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  2. ^ Dean, Jon (9 December 2015). "Storm Desmond: Pooley Bridge washed away by devastating flood water in shocking video". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
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    - "Storm Desmond: Pooley Bridge collapses in Cumbria floods". BBC Online. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015.