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Description: Horkstow Suspension Bridge
Date Listed: 25 September 1979
English Heritage Building ID: 165839
OS Grid Reference: SE9735618998
OS Grid Coordinates: 497356, 418998
Latitude/Longitude: 53.6584, -0.5283
SE 91 NE HORKSTOW BRIDGE LANE
7/39 Horkstow Suspension
Suspension bridge. 1834-5 by Sir John Rennie, engineer; Messrs John and
Edward Walker of Gospel Oak Ironworks, Tipton, Staffordshire, ironfounders,
for the Commissioners of the Ancholme Drainage and Navigation. Wrought iron
bridge with cast iron fittings, timber decking and rusticated ashlar
structural masonry with smooth-faced ashlar dressings. Overall length
70.75 metres (232 ft), span of chains 40.75 metres (133 ft 9 ins). Ashlar
suspension towers built into the sloping riverbanks; each has plinths and
tapering pilastered piers flanking a recessed keyed elliptical arch with a
moulded cornice and blocking course above. Rectangular chain ancorage
blocks at each side have plinths and caps. Two main chains of composite
bolted wrought iron links to each side, with vertical suspension rods from
each link supporting transverse timber bearers for the plank deck. Later
railings of 3 iron or steel strips clamped to suspension rods. A well-
preserved and elegantly designed example of an early suspension bridge, the
only known example by Sir John Rennie and one of the earliest unaltered
suspension bridges in the country. M J T Lewis, 'Horkstow Bridge',
Lincolnshire Industrial Archaeology, Vol 8, no 1, 1973, 2-9.
Listing NGR: SE9735618998
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