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Thornton Bridge

Thornton Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 12, 2018

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Cundall Road Over River Swale
York: Yorkshire and the Humber, England: United Kingdom
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1888 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
103.0 Feet (31.4 Meters)
Structure Length
103.0 Feet (31.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This cast iron arch bridge is noted for its unique arch rib design and decorative shields. The cast iron lattice spandrels also frame decorative shields of the City of York.

The cast iron arches appear to have been structurally supplemented by steel stringers added in 1994. These stringers and deck were raised six inches ca. 2016 to prevent deflection from causing damage to the cast iron arches.

The historic and structural integrity of the cast iron arches themselves is outstanding however.

Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings

Listed At: Grade II


List Entry Number: 1293791

Bridge over River Swale. c.1888, restored 1984. Cast-iron bridge supported on ashlar abutments. Segmental single-spin arch composed of slender girders, some with open trellis-work pattern. Spandrels with shield of the City of York. Trellis-work to parapet. Abutments: plain parapets, copings and terminals. A report on the condition of Thornton Bridge in 1888 described it as an 'old and infirm' stone structure. The old bridge was of 3 arches and was described by Leland in the C17. This crossing of the Swale has considerable local historical importance. The restoration in 1984 involved the rebuilding of the deck but retention of original facade. N Pevsner, The Buildings of England: North Yorkshire, 1966, p.369. North Yorkshire County Council Archives Department: records of Thornton Bridge.


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