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Lee Moor Tramway Bridge

Lee Moor Tramway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 10, 2018

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (National Cycle Network Rail-Trail) Over River Plym
Plymouth: South West, England: United Kingdom
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1823 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
30.0 Feet (9.1 Meters)
Structure Length
60.0 Feet (18.3 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
2 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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 Learn more about the Tramway that this bridge was originally built to support on Wikipedia. In short, the Lee Moor Tramway was a privately-owned mineral railway. Today, the bridge carries non-motorized traffic only as part of the National Cycle Network.

This bridge is a very unusual cast iron arch bridge. Where many cast iron arch bridges might have spanned a river this small in a single span, this bridge instead uses two short spans. The design of the arch is unusual, with a through arch design, with the arch rising above the deck. Most cast iron arch bridges in the UK are deck arch bridges.

The bridge arches are altered above the pier, with strengthening repairs added to them.

Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings

Listed As: Scheduled Monument


List Entry Number: 1002637

A 19th century tramway bridge adjacent to Weighbridge Cottage.

Reasons for Designation
This tramway bridge originally formed part of an industrial tramway system across Lee Moor. It was connected with a nearby keeper's cottage, also known as the Weighbridge Cottage. The bridge was constructed from cast iron and timber, one of the newest innovations to the industrialisation of the transport network of the Industrial Revolution which enabled the redistribution of raw materials and finished products on a massive scale.

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This monument includes a 19th century tramway bridge which crosses the River Plym and formed part of the Marsh Mills tramway. The bridge survives as an iron girder bridge with two arches and a single central support carrying a timber roadway with rails and a railing parapet. The tramway was opened in 1830 and operated until 1900.


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