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Description: Tern Bridge (That Part in Atcham C.p)
Date Listed: 29 January 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 259232
OS Grid Reference: SJ5525009312
OS Grid Coordinates: 355250, 309312
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6797, -2.6633
There is also a scheduled monument, Tern Bridge, Atcham, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
SJ 50 NE ATCHAM C.P. A5
6/7 Tern Bridge (that part in
29.1.52 Atcham C.P.)
Road bridge. Dated 1780 and signed by William Hayward, but also attributed
to Robert Mylne of 1774; widened to the south in 1932. Grey sandstone
ashlar. Single wide segmental arch with banded rusticated soffit and
voussoirs with triple keystone consisting of fluted keys flanking central
carved face; abutments with rusticated Tuscan half-columns flanking arched
niches; continuous frieze, cornice, and balustraded parapet, breaking
forward over abutments; curved retaining walls with square end piers and
battered buttresses. Secondary retaining walls also added circa 1932.
Lugged half-H panel in centre of parapet inscribed: "THIS BRIDGE/was
erected at the Expense of the County/A.D. MDCCLXXX/ and decorated at the
Expense of/Noel Hill Esq/WILLIAM HAYWARD ARCHITECT"; smaller plates record
that the bridge was: "WIDENED 1932 BY/THE REINFORCED CONCRETE/CONSTRUCTION
CO LTD/OLD TRAFFORD MANCHESTER". In his Red Book of 1797-88 Humphry
Repton suggested making the bridge more monumental, which appears to have
involved adding an arch to the east, but this was not carried out. H.M.
Colvin refers to an inscription on the central (sic) arch recording that
the bridge was "the last Edifice erected by that ingenious Architect
William Hayward" but his was not visible at time of survey (January 1985).
Pevsner (B.o.E.) however attributes the design to Robert Mylne (1733-1811).
Comparison with the small bridge in Attingham Park (q.v.) which is attributed
to Hayward suggests that the more elegant and sophisticated Tern Bridge is
by Mylne but construction may have been supervised by Hayward. B.o.E.,
Pp.66-7; Colvin, p.410 and Pp.571-77; Attingham Park, The National Trust
(1981), p.24 and p.33; John L. Hobbs, The Hayward Family of Whitchurch,
The Shropshire Magazine Vol.II (1960), p.21.
Listing NGR: SJ5525009312
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Source: English Heritage
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