Dry Arch Bridge 300yds (270m) NE of St Giles' Church


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Scheduled Monument
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County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SO 57532 19222


Single span bridge 390m south west of Priory Farm.

Reasons for Designation

The single span bridge 390m south west of Priory Farm may actually be one of the earliest examples of a bridge specifically built to carry a minor road across a more major one without the interruption of the busier road by a road junction. It did, however, allow pedestrian traffic to cross from one ‘lane’ to the other three dimensionally without a lengthy diversion. It remains in active use and presumably set the scene for all major road traffic intersections which were to follow and as such represents an early example of congestion alleviation on the road network which is so pivotal to modern road travel.


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This monument includes a single span bridge situated on a sloping ridge which forms the western valley side of the River Wye. The bridge is known locally as ‘Dry Arch Bridge’ and with the aid of a rock cut cutting enables one road to pass beneath another at right angles. The bridge is fully standing and stone built and there is a flight of 33 steps which connect the upper road with the lower road for use by pedestrians. The bridge carries a road still in use by vehicles (the Goodrich-Welsh Bicknor road) across another road similarly employed (the B4229) and is described by the county as being ‘an excellent example of very early vehicle grade separation’ or a simple ‘fly-over’. The bridge was built in 1825-8.


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HE 193
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This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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