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Huntingdon Bridge

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Huntingdon Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
Mill and Bridge, Huntingdon - Geograph - 86632.jpg
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Location
Huntingdon
County
Huntingdonshire
Highway Authority
Cambridgeshire
Opening Date
1370
Additional Information
List No:  1128636  (Grade I)
Bridge Type:  Arch Bridge
On road(s)
B1044
Crossings related to the B1044

Huntingdon Bridge (also known as Old Bridge) carries the B1044 over the River Great Ouse near the centre of Huntingdon. Six stone arches carry the road across the river, with the central arches being higher than the flanking arches. The bridge was built in 1370 (dates vary, with 1300 and 1332 also cited), and appears to have originally borne a chapel, albeit long since demolished to give more room to the roadway, which is still barely wide enough for two-way traffic. Pedestrians, who originally had to make use of the refuges over each pier were provided with a separate footbridge in 1975. In the English Civil War the third arch (not sure from which side!) was apparently replaced by a drawbridge to help defend the town.

History

While the bridge standing today is quite ancient in bridge terms, we do know something of its predecessor. Apparently built in the early 10th century as a wooden structure alongside the modern bridge site, it was still standing in the 13th century, when it was described as in imminent danger of collapse. It was not until the 14th century, however, that the present bridge was built.

Future

In 2021 there was discussion around the closure of the bridge to motor traffic, as a result of the road improvements in the area coming from the Huntingdon to Cambridge improvement scheme. The trial closure was put on hold because of the difficulty in obtaining useful data during the Coronavirus pandemic[1]


References




Huntingdon Bridge
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Crossings of the River Great Ouse
Syresham Bypass • Brackley Bypass 2 • Brackley Bypass 1 • Bourton (Buckingham) Bridge  • Stony Stratford Bypass • M1 Viaduct, Newport Pagnell • North West Bridge • Olney Bridge • Turvey Bridge • Paula Radcliffe Way Bridge 2 • Paula Radcliffe Way Bridge 1 • Bromham Bypass Bridge • County Bridge (Bedford) • Town Bridge (Bedford) • Longholme Bridge • Bedford Bypass Viaduct • Tempsford Bridge • St Neots Bypass Bridge • St Neots Bridge • Mill Lane Bridge • A14 Expressway Viaduct • Huntingdon Bypass Bridge • Huntingdon Bridge • St Ives Bridge • St Ives Bypass Bridge • Earith Bridge • Twenty Pence Bridge • Chittering Bridge • Stretham Bridge • Ely High Bridge • Queen Adelaide Bridge • Littleport Bridge • Downham Bridge • Kings Lynn Bypass Bridge


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