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Description: The Town Bridge and Chapel
Date Listed: 18 April 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 312478
OS Grid Reference: ST8261460892
OS Grid Coordinates: 382614, 160892
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3468, -2.2510
There is also a scheduled monument, Bradford-on-Avon Bridge, 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.
1. The Town Bridge and
ST 8260 2/90 18.4.52.
Stone built, 9 arches. Originally pack horse bridge, but widened in Cl7
by rebuilding western side. All arches on W side are semi-circular. Eastern
side retains two original C13 arches, ribbed and pointed, remainder semi-circular.
Cutwaters with weather capping on this side. One cutwater extended to
form pier and stepped out in graduated corbelling to support Chapel. The
Chapel (known also as Blind House) is almost square in plan, has 4 small
square window openings, 2 overlooking river and 1 in each side. A narrow
4-centred arch doorway gives access from bridge. The domed roof rises
(following the square plan of the chapel) in a series of offsets and terminates
in heavy stone finial surmounted by weather vane. The rotating vane is
in form of fish. (The "Bradford Gudgeon") and is C16 work in copper-guilt.
There is short chimney stack on river side of roof. Chapel has been used
also as lock-up and ammunition store.
The Town Bridge and Chapel form a group with Lamb's factory, Silver Street.
Listing NGR: ST8261660909
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Source: English Heritage
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