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Bridges of Langport (Somerset)

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Langport Bridge or Great Bow Bridge over the River Parrett
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Railway viaduct constructed for the Castle Cary to Curry Rivel Junction route
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Platelayer's refuge
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Railway viaduct across the River Parrett
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Nice attention to detail on bridge abutments
Recycled vehicle chassis
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Langport Bridge or Great Bow Bridge carries the A378 over the River Parrett. Built in 1840-1 by the Parrett Navigation Co, for whom I. K. Brunel was the Consulting Engineer, and William Gravatt designed the bridge. Edwin Down of Bridgwater was the contractor.[1]

The railway viaduct is quite a late addition, being opened by the GWR in 1906 to shorten the journey from London to Exeter.

See also Langport Railway Hotel Swing Bridge.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'Civil Engineering Heritage - Southern England' by R A Otter, I.C.E./Thomas Telford, 1994