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Shaw's Bridge

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Shaw's Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
Shaw's Bridge, Belfast (4) - Geograph - 659909.jpg
The old bridge in 2008
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Down • Antrim
Highway Authority
DfI Roads
Opening Date
1700s, 1976-7
Additional Information
List No:  HB25/17/001  (Cat B1)
Bridge Type:  Arch Bridge
On road(s)
The new bridge in 2009

Shaw's Bridge crosses the River Lagan to the south of Belfast.

There are two bridges at the site, an older listed Arch bridge built in the early 1700s, and a modern single-span concrete bridge carrying the A55 which was opened in 1976-7.

The older bridge is now reserved for non motorised use.

History of the crossing

There was a shallow ford at this point which had been a crossing point since early times. It is believed that a bridge has been there since 1617. Cromwell came to this area during his time in Ireland and in 1655 Captain John Shaw from Cromwell's army built an oak bridge. In 1698 it was replaced with a stone bridge again built by the army which was swept away. In 1709 the current bridge was built. Shaw's Bridge is a very important structure as it carried what was then the main road to Dublin and to other parts of Ireland[1].


Shaw's Bridge
Related Pictures
View gallery (1)
Shaw's Bridge, Belfast (4) - Geograph - 659909.jpg
Crossings of the River Lagan
Lagan Bridge • Queen Elizabeth II Bridge • Queens Bridge (Belfast) • Albert Bridge • Ormeau Bridge • Kings Bridge • Governors Bridge • Shaw's Bridge • Drum Bridge • M1 Bridge • Wolfenden's Bridge • Lambeg Bridge • Hilden Bridge • Queens Bridge (Lisburn) • Union Bridge • Moore's Bridge • Young's Bridge • Maze Bridge • The New Bridge • Spencer's Bridge • Newmill Bridge • Steps Bridge • New Forge Bridge • Geehan's Bridge • Banoge Bridge • Donaghcloney Bridge • Thornyford Bridge • Gillhall Bridge • A1 • Regent Bridge • Downshire Bridge • Lagangreen Bridge • Black Bog Road Bridge • Bell's Bridge • Dree Hill Road Bridge

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