Wilford Suspension Bridge

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Wilford Suspension Bridge
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Wilford Suspension Bridge
Coordinates 52°56′00″N 1°08′21″W / 52.9332°N 1.1393°W / 52.9332; -1.1393Coordinates: 52°56′00″N 1°08′21″W / 52.9332°N 1.1393°W / 52.9332; -1.1393
Crosses River Trent
Heritage status Grade II listed structure[1]
Characteristics
Width 12 feet (4 m)
Longest span 225 feet (69 m)
History
Opened 1906

Wilford Suspension Bridge is a combined pedestrian footbridge and aqueduct which crosses the River Trent linking the town of West Bridgford to the Meadows in the city of Nottingham. It also carries a gas main.

The bridge is owned by Severn Trent Water. It should not be confused with the separate Wilford Toll Bridge.

There is no public right of way along the bridge and so it can be closed by Severn Trent Water whenever it is deemed expedient to do so.

It is a Grade II listed structure [1]

History[edit]

The bridge was designed by the architect Arthur Brown[2] of Elliott & Brown (Civil and Structural Engineering Consultancy). The plans were drawn up by Frank Beckett Lewis the City Architect. It was constructed by the Nottingham Corporation Water Department at a cost of £8,871 (equivalent to £790,000 in 2015),[3] with the principal purpose of carrying water to Wilford Hill reservoir.

Responsibility for the bridge was transferred from the Nottingham Corporation Water Department to the Severn Trent Water Authority in April 1974 upon the reorganisation of the water industry in England and Wales, and subsequently to Severn Trent Water in 1989 prior to the privatisation of the water industry.

The bridge was closed to pedestrians in 2008 for a major restoration.[4]

It re-opened on 12 February 2010 after a £1.9m refurbishment.[5]

Technical details[edit]

  • Gas Main - two 12 inches (30 cm) pipes
  • Water main - one 14 inches (36 cm) pipe


Next footbridge crossing upstream River Trent Next footbridge crossing downstream
Wilford Toll Bridge  Wilford Suspension Bridge
Grid reference: SK579376
Trent Bridge (bridge) 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b English Heritage listing 1270440 1237034
  2. ^ Pevsner Architectural Guides. Nottingham. ISBN 978-0-300-12666-2
  3. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)", MeasuringWorth.com.
  4. ^ "More details emerge on future of Wilford Suspension Bridge". 26 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Wilford suspension bridge set to reopen". 11 February 2010.