TL0799 : Wansford Bridge

taken 3 years ago, near to Wansford, Peterborough, Great Britain

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Wansford Bridge
Wansford Bridge
Looking along the south side. The date 1795 can just be made out on the near arch.
Wansford Bridge
A fine multi-arched late medieval bridge, it was built in 1577 to replace a wooden structure destroyed by floods in 1571. Originally of 13 arches, the 3 easternmost arches were replaced in 1794/5 by a single arch with a wider carriageway. This carries the date 1794 on the north face and 1795 on the south face.

Canalisation work on the river in the mid 20th century resulted in the normal river channel being confined to the 1795 arch; old OS maps show that prior to this three further arches spanned normal channels. Today the older arches only have flow at times of exceptional flooding.

The bridge formed part of the Great North Road, later the A1, until the opening of the new bypass bridge in 1928. It is now restricted to light traffic, with a maximum gross weight limit of 3 tonnes, although surprisingly the road has retained its 'A' grade as the A6118. The narrow carriageway allows no space for footways, although the high cutwaters provide refuges at regular intervals.

The bridge is Listed Grade I and is also a Scheduled Monument.
A1 & A1(M), Great North Road
The A1 is the longest numbered road in the UK at 410 miles long. It connects London with Edinburgh, via the east of England.
For much of its path it follows the Great North Road the old coaching route between London and Edinburgh. Several sections of the route are classified as motorway A1(M). The modern A1 bypasses the towns the Great North Road passed through and is dual carriageway for most of its route through England.
River Nene
The River Nene rises in Northamptonshire and flows across eastern England to its mouth at The Wash. It is the tenth longest river in the UK. It is navigable for 88 miles from Northampton to The Wash.
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Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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TL0799, 193 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Monday, 28 December, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 31 December, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Village, Rural settlement  Roads, Road transport 
Period (from Tags)
Late 16th Century  Late 18th Century 
Date (from Tags)
1577  1795 
Bridge (from Tags)
Road Over River 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 0747 9912 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:34.7570N 0:24.9245W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 0750 9908
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Grade I Listed  Scheduled Monument 

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