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Widcombe Bridge (Bath)

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South pier, from towpath. 2017
Looking towards north pier, which is leaning slightly. 2017

Also known as Halfpenny Bridge.

This is a lattice girder pedestrian bridge crossing the River Avon immediately south of Bath Spa Station. It was built in 1877 by Westwood, Baillie and Co to the design of T. E. M. Marsh, replacing a bowstring bridge which collapsed with fatal consequences on 6 June of that year.

The present bridge utilises the abutments of the previous bridge. The south pier is marked with various flood levels, including some dated as early as 1866, the era of the old bridge. The original bridge, and the surviving former toll house, were built in 1863-3. The original bridge was designed by Hicks & Isaacs.[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Historic England Grade II listing for HALFPENNY BRIDGE AND LODGE HOUSE, CLAVERTON STREET