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Newbridge (Bath)

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New Bridge from the River Avon
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From:  Saltford
To:  Bath
Newbridge, Bath
Highway Authority
Bath and North East Somerset
Opening Date
Additional Information
List No:  1395726  (Grade II*)
Bridge Type:  Arch Bridge
On road(s)
Crossings related to the A4
This article is about the Newbridge on the A4 in Bath.
For other Newbridges, see Newbridge

New Bridge from the North West

The New Bridge in Bath is actually one of the city's older bridges, dating back as far as 1735. It is believed that the original bridge was built as a belated part of Ralph Allen's River Avon Navigation project which was largely done in 1727. As owner of the local Stone Quarries, it is also believed that he commisioned, built and paid for the bridge.

The original structure consisted of three arches, although for some reason it was rebuilt towards the end of the century with just a single span. It was later widened in the early 1830s by the Bath Turnpike Trust, but no further major works appear to have been done since. This means that it remains a narrow S2 carriageway, often blocked with traffic queueing for the traffic lights at the A36 junction.

The bridge has a pair of oculus through the spandrels, both to reduce the masonry content of the structure and also to provide additional capacity for flood waters. On the south bank of the Avon, the road is carried on a stone causeway with a series of small flood arches below as it crosses the riverside meadows.

Newbridge (Bath)
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