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Lower Fittleworth North Bridge

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Lower Fittleworth North Bridge

List entry Number: 1005843

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: West Sussex

District: Chichester

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Fittleworth

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 01-May-1951

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: WS 137

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Monument

Fittleworth Bridge North, 44m south-east of Fittleworth Mill.

Reasons for Designation

Multi-span bridges are structures of two or more arches supported on piers. They were constructed for the use of pedestrians and packhorse or vehicular traffic, crossing rivers or streams, often replacing or supplementing earlier fords. Stone or brick bridges constructed from the medieval period onwards were built with pointed, semicircular or segmental arches.

The bridge abutments and revetting of the river banks also form part of the bridge. The theory and practice of masonry construction for bridges reached a high point in the 18th century. After this time increasing demand led to quicker builds with the adoption of iron bridges and later metal truss and suspension bridges.

Despite some 20th century alterations and repairs, Fittleworth Bridge North survives well with a significant amount of early 19th century masonry work.

History

See Details.

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 29 October 2014. The record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes a multi-span bridge, north of the River Rother at Lower Fittleworth. The bridge has two semi-circular arches and a red brick parapet with stone coping over, dating from 1811-12. The bridge narrows in the centre where both parapets are incurved. There are stepped cutwaters on each side. It was widened in 1964 and repaired in the late 20th century.

A short distance to the south, crossing the Rother, is another multi-span bridge; collectively they are known as Fittleworth Bridge.

It is Grade II listed.

Selected Sources

Other
West Sussex HER 2330 - MWS3356. NMR TQ 01 NW 27. PastScape 393042. LBS 300514

National Grid Reference: TQ 00994 18337

Map

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End of official listing