Prince Street Bridge

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Prince Street Bridge
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The bridge swinging with the pumping house and accumulator tower in the background
Coordinates51°26′55″N 2°35′48″W / 51.4487°N 2.5968°W / 51.4487; -2.5968Coordinates: 51°26′55″N 2°35′48″W / 51.4487°N 2.5968°W / 51.4487; -2.5968
CarriesRoad
CrossesBristol Harbour
OwnerBristol City Council
Heritage statusGrade II listed building
Characteristics
MaterialIron
Trough constructionRiveted steel plates
History
Construction end1879
Closed2015

Prince Street Bridge is a swing bridge across Bristol Harbour. It is now Grade II listed.[1] The bridge carries a road from Prince Street to Wapping Road and is located between the Arnolfini art centre and M Shed museum.

The iron swing bridge was built in 1879 on the site of the ancient Gib ferry owned by the Dean and Chapter of Bristol Cathedral. It replaced a previous bridge built in 1809.[2][3] In the 19th century tolls were charged for traffic over the bridge,[4] with the toll house being burnt during the Bristol Riots of 1831.[5][6][7]

The swing bridge is operated by water hydraulic power provided by the adjacent engine house and accumulator tower.[8]

Repair work which commenced in August 2015 was expected to cost £400,000, however initial surveys found the corrosion was worse than initially expected and could now cost £1.2million.[9] Some pressure groups have called for the bridge to be closed to cars permanently, allowing only cyclists and pedestrians to use it.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historic England. "Prince Street Bridge (1209521)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Application for Listed Building Consent in Relation to Prince Street Bridge, Bristol" (PDF). Bristol City Council. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Prince Street Bridge (1008187)". PastScape. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  4. ^ Large, David (1984). The Port of Bristol, 1848–1884. Bristol Record Society. pp. 93–94.
  5. ^ "Bristol Riots: Burning Toll House on Prince Street Bridge". Art UK. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  6. ^ Nicholls, J. F.; Taylor, John. "The 1831 Uprising – Part 2: The Uprising". Bristol Radical History Group. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Riots at Bristol". Spectator. 5 November 1831. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Prince Street Bridge Engine House and Accumulator Tower (1202454)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Bristol's Prince Street Bridge repair costs treble". BBC. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  10. ^ Onions, Ian (5 September 2015). "Pressure groups call for permanent closure of Prince Street Bridge". Bristol Post. Archived from the original on 9 September 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2016.

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