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Spa Bridge, Scarborough

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at Cliff Bridge Terrace, Scarborough

A cast iron arch bridge having four spans, each with four ribs. It is 70 ft.(21 m) above the valley below and 414 ft.(126 m) long. Formally opened on 19th July 1827.[1]

1826 '.....Mr. Outhwaite then entered into several explanations relative to the estimates; from which it appeared, that the proprietors of the Low Moor Iron-works, near Bradford, had offered to complete the iron-work (except some palisading to a trifling amount) for £2,000; ....[2]

The Engineer was John Outhett. The contractors were Stead, Snowdon and Buckley of York [3]

Early examples of multiple span cast iron arch bridges are by no means common. Others include The Blue Bridge at Shugborough Hall (1813), a bridge at Clare, Suffolk (1813), Chepstow Bridge (1816), Chetwynd Bridge (1824), Draethen Iron Bridge (1829), and the Iron Bridge, Exeter (1834).

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Heritage Locations website, Spa Bridge, Scarborough
  2. Leeds Intelligencer, 9 November 1826
  3. Yorkshire Gazette, 2 December 1826