Monument record M17943 - Bridge on Bridgegate, Retford


BRIDGE (Medieval to Late 20th Century)


Grid reference SK 70389 81300 (point)
Map sheet SK78SW
District Bassetlaw
Civil Parish East Retford, Bassetlaw


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Bridge carrying Bridgegate over the River Idle. Triple span stone structure with metal railings, plaque on the base of the railings shows a date of 1924, however base and cutwaters suggest an earlier date. Bridging structure right next to the bridge is the remains of the mill that stood there, two arches remain, one under a private garden (1)
Shown on Sanderson (2) and Chapman (3).
The present bridge at East Retford may be the one "partly rebuilt and widened" in 1794. There were, however, earlier ones, as Leland records a bridge but gives no details, and in the year 1385 pontage was granted to "bailiffs of Retford-in-the-Clay for the repair of the bridge over the Idel". (4)
Timbers from Bridgegate Bridge, 1988 … none of the 4 dated timbers appear to be contemporary which suggests that this area may have a complex series of timber structures associated with it. (5)
See M 6076 for watermill, L11802 for further piles which may be associated with the bridge.

Data Held: Ground Photograph (Ground photograph). SNT2646.

2, Digital (one from each side)

<1> Cauldwell JA and White J, 2003, Bridges Survey (Unpublished document). SNT1665.

<2> Sanderson G, 1835, 20 miles around Mansfield - 2 in (Map). SNT48.

<3> Chapman J, 1774, Nottinghamshire - approx 1in (Map). SNT550.

<4> Jervoise E, 1932, Ancient Bridges of Mid & Eastern England, p 35 (Published document). SNT835.

<5> ARCUS, Dec 1995, A Watching Brief at Bridgegate, Retford: ARCUS 227, pp 7,12,13 (Unpublished document). SNT2265.

Sources/Archives (6)

  • --- Ground photograph: Data Held: Ground Photograph.
  • <1> Unpublished document: Cauldwell JA and White J. 2003. Bridges Survey.
  • <2> Map: Sanderson G. 1835. 20 miles around Mansfield - 2 in.
  • <3> Map: Chapman J. 1774. Nottinghamshire - approx 1in.
  • <4> Published document: Jervoise E. 1932. Ancient Bridges of Mid & Eastern England. p 35.
  • <5> Unpublished document: ARCUS. Dec 1995. A Watching Brief at Bridgegate, Retford: ARCUS 227. pp 7,12,13.

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Record last edited

Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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