Building record M775 - Old Trent Bridge


BRIDGE (Medieval to Victorian)


Grid reference Centred SK 58227 38125 (19m by 22m)
Map sheet SK53NE
District Nottingham
District Rushcliffe
Civil Parish Nottingham, Nottingham
Civil Parish West Bridgford, Rushcliffe


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

The bridge was built of stone, and from the form, character and arch construction, the earliest portion can be dated mid C12. Prior to demolition in 1871 (when the present bridge was built) there were 15 arches most of which were built c 1321-23 (C19 photographs substantiate this date), but those at the N end (the W bank) were rebuilt in the C17. 2 arches were restored in 1957. (1) (2) (3) (4)
One arch only (the southernmost) survives of the old bridge. W side has pointed arch of ?C14 with 3 ribs. E side has segmented arch of ?C17 - chamfered. Intervening part is probably, but not certainly due to widening in C17. Built of ashlar in fair condition but somewhat weathered in parts. Used only for footpath as partly embedded in S abutment of modern bridge. (5)
2 C14 arches are now maintained by W Bridgford Council; they are enclosed by gardens on the centre of a major roundabout. Mod restoration has been in sympathy with the original stonework save that the carriage way is paved. (6)
No change from report of 1964. (7)
The area has been landscaped and the bridge paved. (8)
See M7977 for bridge chapel, M776 for modern bridge, M8924 for E Med Heathebethe bridge, L9379 for abutment at East Bridgford, built of stone from this bridge.

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

Photo of painting of Bridge, in Ground Photos drawer

Listed buildings slides, (Photograph). SNT2648.

<1> Tarbotton MO, 1871, History of the Old Trent Bridge (Published document). SNT1334.

<2> Guilford EL, 1912, Memorials of Old Nottinghamshire, pp 235-8 (Published document). SNT737.

<3> Jervoise E, 1932, Ancient Bridges of Mid & Eastern England, pp 8-41 (Published document). SNT835.

<4> Nottingham Evening Post, 19/02/1957, Nottingham Evening Post (Published document). SNT255.

<5> DOE, AM7 - undated, no author (Unpublished document). SNT52.

<6> Colquhoun FD, 1964, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT578.

<7> Seaman BH, 1975, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1253.

<8> Dodd A, 1988, AM107 (Unpublished document). SNT620.

<9> Pevsner N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed., p 374 (Monograph). SNT4.

<10> Palmer M & Neaverson P, 1992, Industrial Landscapes of the East Midlands, p 141 (Monograph). SNT5.

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  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • --- Photograph: Listed buildings slides. .
  • <1> Published document: Tarbotton MO. 1871. History of the Old Trent Bridge.
  • <2> Published document: Guilford EL. 1912. Memorials of Old Nottinghamshire. pp 235-8.
  • <3> Published document: Jervoise E. 1932. Ancient Bridges of Mid & Eastern England. pp 8-41.
  • <4> Published document: Nottingham Evening Post. 19/02/1957. Nottingham Evening Post.
  • <5> Unpublished document: DOE. AM7 - undated, no author.
  • <6> Personal comment: Colquhoun FD. 1964. Pers Comm.
  • <7> Personal comment: Seaman BH. 1975. Pers Comm.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Dodd A. 1988. AM107.
  • <9> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed.. Penguin. p 374.
  • <10> Monograph: Palmer M & Neaverson P. 1992. Industrial Landscapes of the East Midlands. Phillimore & Co Ltd. p 141.

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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