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Trent Bridge

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1871. Mariott Ogle Tarbotton Engineer.

c.924 The first bridge was built across the River Trent at Nottingham, by Edward the Elder to supersede a ferry which existed in the time of the Danes. The bridge consisted of stone piers with timber beams and flooring. About 1156 in the reign of Henry II, this was replaced by a stone bridge of seventeen Gothic arches. Several arches were rebuilt by Edward I, and others had to be reconstructed in the 17th century, following damage done during the Civil War and by a great flood in 1683. Other arches and piers were rebuilt from time to time, so that the old bridge in its final form contained little of the original structure. Prior to demolition in 1871 there were 15 arches, most of which were built between 1272-1307.

1871 A new bridge (a cast iron arch-type road bridge) was erected to the designs of Mr. M. O. Tarbottom by Andrew Handyside and Co. It had three 100ft. arches, each with a rise of 11ft. at the crown; the supports were carried on foundations in the solid sandstone[1]

1926 Bridge widened from 40ft to 80ft. Design by Mott, Hay and Anderson and the city engineer T. Wallis Gordon; contractors for the project were Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Co.

Two arches, apparently dating from the 12th century, exist at the south-east end of the current Trent Bridge. These two arches were restored in 1957.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1926/04/09
  • Historic England [1]