Burrowbridge

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Burrowbridge
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From:  Lyng
To:  Othery
Location
Burrowbridge
County
Somerset
Highway Authority
Somerset
Opening Date
1826
Toll
free since 1946
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Arch Bridge
On road(s)
A361
Crossings related to the A361
Badby Bridge • Barnstaple Western Bypass Bridge • Burford Bridge (Oxfordshire) • Charwelton Bridge • Halfpenny Bridge • Hays Bridge • North Devon Link Road Bridge • Pomparles Bridge • Rumsan Bridge

The bridge at Burrowbridge was originally a three-arch structure, with each arch wide enough for the barges that navigated the river. However, in 1826 the new single-span masonry arch was erected, allowing both larger boats and more frequent travel, as the river here is still tidal and regularly overtopped the banks in winter until recently. The spandrels are also punctured by circular holes to allow flood water to pass more easily.

Traffic lights control the flow

Originally designed as an Iron Bridge, the structure was finally built from Granite, with Limestone voussoirs due to cost. At 21m, it is reputedly the longest masonry bridge in Somerset, but it is certainly not the widest as traffic is one-way, controlled by traffic lights and the northern parapet has been removed to provide a pavement across the river.

The bridge sits less than 300m downstream of the confluence between the Parrett and Tone, the Tone being crossed almost immediately by Stanmoor Bridge.



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Crossings of the River Parrett & Tone
River ParrettSouth Perrott Bridge • Grey Abbey Bridge • Easthams Bridge • Haselbury Bridge • Byme Bridge • Petherton Bridge • Great Bow Bridge • Burrowbridge • Dunwear Bridge • Blake Bridge • Town Bridge (Bridgwater) • Chandos Bridge • Drove Bridge (Bridgwater)
Kings Sedgemoor Drain and River CaryDunball Bridge • Crandon Bridge • Greylake Bridge • Cary Bridge
River ToneBeverton Pond Bridge • Waterrow Bridge • Tone Bridge • Tytherleigh Bridge • Tone Bridge (Taunton) • Priory Bridge (Taunton) • Obridge Viaduct • Bathpool Bridge • M5 (Taunton) Viaduct • New Bridge (Curry Moor) • Athelney Bridge • Stanmoor Bridge