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Bevere Bridge

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Elegant but delicate balustrade castings, plain but robust arched ribs
Poor state of wooden decking
The arch ribs react against masonry blocks, set in blue engineering brick abutments
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at Bevere, near Worcester

Little is known about this handsome cast iron bridge, which crosses a branch of the River Severn to join the tiny Bevere Island with the rest of the world. Said to have been built in 1844, as compensation to the landowner for some inconvenience he presumably suffered when a weir was constructed, and a lock was built on the adjacent leg of the Severn. It was intended for pedestrians and cattle.

The cast iron parapets are in a precarious state, as is the wooden decking (see photos). Above the wooden planks is a layer of stone setts, bricks and concrete. The abutments are made from stone and blue engineering bricks.

The site can only be approached on foot, via footpaths through fields from Bevere village.

The bridge was Grade II listed in 1985.

Note: Bevere rhymes with every.

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