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Horkstow Suspension Bridge

A Grade II* Listed Building in Horkstow, North Lincolnshire

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Latitude: 53.6584 / 53°39'30"N

Longitude: -0.5283 / 0°31'41"W

OS Eastings: 497356

OS Northings: 418998

OS Grid: SE973189

Mapcode National: GBR SVR4.F9

Mapcode Global: WHGG1.V9MQ

Entry Name: Horkstow Suspension Bridge

Listing Date: 25 September 1979

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1214853

English Heritage Legacy ID: 165839

Location: Horkstow, North Lincolnshire, DN18

County: North Lincolnshire

Civil Parish: Horkstow

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Horkstow St Maurice

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln

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Listing Text


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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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