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Old Swan Bridge, Pulborough

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: Old Swan Bridge, Pulborough

List entry Number: 1005845

Location

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

County: West Sussex

District: Horsham

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Coldwaltham

County: West Sussex

District: Horsham

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Pulborough

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 139

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

Pulborough Bridge, 44m south-west of Kingfishers.

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 restoration work in the past, Pulborough Bridge survives in good condition with some fine masonry.

History

See Details.

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 30th 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 late 18th century multi-span bridge situated over the River Arun at Pulborough. It is also known as Old Swan Bridge.

The bridge is constructed of ashlar in the medieval tradition with four semi-circular arches. There are blunt cutwaters between the arches on each side carried up above the water level to form buttresses. The parapet has rounded coping. The southernmost arch was added in 1834. The bridge was restored in 1899.

It is Grade II listed.

Selected Sources

Other
West Sussex HER 2341 - MWS3357. NMR TQ01NW36. PastScape 393051. LBS 298375.

National Grid Reference: TQ 04600 18480

Map

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End of official listing