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Heyford Bridge (That Part in Rousham Civil Parish), Rousham

Description: Heyford Bridge (That Part in Rousham Civil Parish)

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 27 August 1957
English Heritage Building ID: 252853

OS Grid Reference: SP4780224778
OS Grid Coordinates: 447802, 224778
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9195, -1.3063

Location: B4030, Rousham, Oxfordshire OX25 5PB

Locality: Rousham
Local Authority: West Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX25 5PB

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Listing Text

14/197 Heyford Bridge (that part in
27/08/57 Rousham C.P.)
(Formerly listed as Heyford
Bridge (that part in Chipping
Norton R.D.))
River bridge. Probably C14, altered C17 and widened C19. Coursed squared
limestone with some ashlar dressings and some brick repair. Western end of
bridge, spanning the main branch of the River Cherwell, has 4 pointed medieval
arches, 2 of which retain chamfered ashlar ribs and have added brick linings,
but the westernmost arch has no ribs and has C19 outer voussoirs, and the next
arch was reduced to half its original span in the C17; between the arches are
shallow buttresses, and on either side of the river are square piers rising from
triangular buttresses. The bridge extends for approximately 190 metres across
the valley, the remainder forming a causeway which has 6 further arches, 2
medieval with chamfered ribs. C19 north face of bridge has corresponding arches
with squared voussoirs, those of the main span springing from low triangular
cutwaters. Both plain parapets have flat stone copings. The bridge was first
recorded in 1255. It forms an important feature in the landscape designed c.1740
by William Kent for Rousham Park.
(Rousham Park is included in the H.B.M.C. Register of Parks and Gardens at Grade
I; VCH: Oxfordshire: Vol VI, p182; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: p693;
Oxfordshire Museums Information Sheet 17, "Medieval Bridges in Oxfordshire")

Listing NGR: SP4780224778

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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