Priory Bridge (Taunton)

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Priory Bridge
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From:  Firepool
To:  Station Road
Location
Taunton
County
Somerset
Highway Authority
Somerset
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Girder Bridge
On road(s)
A3038
This article is about Priory Bridge in Taunton.
For other Priory Bridges, see Priory Bridge
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Priory Bridge from the south

Lying between Taunton's Market and Somerset's County Cricket Ground, Priory Bridge is easily overlooked as you head into Taunton. It is the first bridge above the Firepool, where the River Tone and Bridgwater to Taunton Canal split, meaning that the river is considerably wider here than it is further down stream. As this section of the river was also navigable, to allow access to the old wharves in the heart of the town, the road has to climb to cross the river, high enough to allow barges to pass underneath.

The bridge itself is a three span concrete and steel girder structure, although only the central span crosses the river. The two piers sit on the concrete river banks, with the side spans over pathways which dip down under the bridge and can double as flood arches when the river is high. The bridge that stands today replaced an earlier structure on the same site, which is believed to date from 1922. The current bridge was built in the 1960s, but has only carried the A3038 since the 1970s.



Priory Bridge (Taunton)
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Across Priory Bridge, Taunton (C) Jaggery - Geograph - 4282509.jpgSouth side of Priory Bridge, Taunton - Geograph - 4282453.jpg
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