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Bethells Bridge

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Bethells Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
Bethells Bridge over the River Hull - Geograph - 2166639.jpg
end of carriageway sign before the bridge
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Highway Authority
East Riding of Yorkshire
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Swing Bridge

Bethells Bridge is a swing bridge over the River Hull.

A bridge at this location was originally constructed in the early 19th Century. It was named after Richard Bethell, a local landowner.

It is subject to a 7.5T weight restriction. In 2003, the wooden bridge deck was renewed with a steel one.


Operation of Bethells Bridge on the Driffield Navigation at Hempholme.

During the navigation improvements of 1803–1811, a new lock cut was made to bypass a large meandering loop of the River Hull around Struncheon Hill. Mr Richard Bethell, who owned the Leven Canal, also owned the land around this cutting, and needed a bridge to access his land.

William Chapman, who carried out the works, decided on a swing bridge, as was in common use in the rest of the navigation, but since the cut was made wide to accommodate the flow of the river, a fixed section was used to reduce the size of the opening section.

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Bethells Bridge
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