SJ5409 : Atcham Old Bridge

taken 3 years ago, near to Atcham, Shropshire, Great Britain

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Atcham Old Bridge
Atcham Old Bridge
Atcham Old Bridge reflected in the waters of the River Severn. The bridge was built between 1769 and 1771, carrying Telford's Holyhead Road across the River Severn to the south-east of Shrewsbury. It was built by John Gwynn who was also responsible for building the English Bridge in Shrewsbury and Worcester Bridge which are also over the Severn. He also built Oxford's Magdalen Bridge. The bridge is Grade II* listed.

Historic England description
Road bridge. Dated 1769-71, by John Gwynne of Shrewsbury. Grey sandstone ashlar. Humped-back bridge of 7 graded round arches with banded rusticated soffits and voussoirs, triple keystones consisting of fluted outer stones flanking central stone with vermiculated rustication, and separated by breakwaters with concave caps; outer pedestrian arches with banded rusticated surrounds and keystones with vermiculated rustication; string above arches; coped parapet ramped up to central pedimented datestones and buttressed by small carved scrolls at approaches where lower parapets curve out to pyramidal end-piers. Evidence of former railings flanking central parapet datestones. Lugged half-H datestones inscribed: "THIS BRIDGE/Was erected at the Expence of the County/MDCCLXXXI/JOHN GWYNN Arch". This bridge no longer carries the A5 as a new concrete bridge was built immediately to the north in 1929. The bridge spans the River Severn.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 23 June, 2016   (more nearby)
Monday, 27 June, 2016
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Roads, Road transport 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 540 092 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:40.7286N 2:40.8648W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 540 092
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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