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Mowthorp Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Suffield-cum-Everley, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2804 / 54°16'49"N

Longitude: -0.4961 / 0°29'46"W

OS Eastings: 498010

OS Northings: 488235

OS Grid: SE980882

Mapcode National: GBR SLZY.DC

Mapcode Global: WHGBZ.BNZY

Entry Name: Mowthorp Bridge

Listing Date: 26 November 1985

Last Amended: 24 September 2012

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1296523

English Heritage Legacy ID: 326929

Location: Suffield-cum-Everley, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough

Civil Parish: Suffield-cum-Everley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Hackness with Harwood Dale

Church of England Diocese: York

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Double span masonry road bridge of circa 1804 crossing the Sea Cut (a flood relief drain of the same date).


MATERIALS: sandstone ashlar. Later alterations in concrete.

FORM: the bridge is of two slightly unequal spans, the arches being segmental with single arch rings and plain spandrels. The central pier has round cutwaters which rise as buttresses stopping immediately below the coping to the parapet. There is a continuous band at both impost level and at the base of the parapets. The parapets have plain chamfered coping. The bridge has been widened at the south-east and the north-west abutments tapering inwards to the central pier, the widening being in the form of shuttered concrete with the ashlar parapets realigned above. Concrete repairs elsewhere appear to be more restricted, being skims of render over existing stonework.


In 1804 the Muston and Yedingham Drainage Board constructed the New Cut (now known as the Sea Cut): an artificial drainage channel taking water from the River Derwent, just over 700m west of Mowthorp Bridge, to flow eastwards out to the North Sea at Scalby. The Sea Cut was designed to help control periodic flooding of the lower reaches of the River Derwent. Mowthorp Bridge is thought to have been constructed as part of this early C19 engineering scheme. At some point before 1928, in order to improve the road line, the arches of the bridge were augmented in concrete with the parapets repositioned accordingly.

Reasons for Listing

Mowthorp Bridge is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Date: despite early C20 concrete alterations, the bridge retains its character as an early C19 masonry road bridge;
* Historic Interest: for its interest as part of a significant early C19 flood relief scheme.

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