Footbridge off Mill Lane, Preston
List Entry Summary
Name: Footbridge off Mill Lane, Preston
List entry Number: 1135191
Footbridge in the garden of Roman Bridge Cottage, Preston Road, Preston, Dorset
The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Weymouth and Portland
District Type: District Authority
Parish: Non Civil Parish
National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.
Date first listed: 12-Dec-1953
Date of most recent amendment: 30-Jun-2015
Legacy System Information
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Legacy System: LBS
List entry Description
Summary of Building
Footbridge off Mill Lane, Preston, possibly dating from the C16, but perhaps later.
Reasons for Designation
The Bridge off Mill Lane, Preston, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historical interest: as a small footbridge, possibly dating from the C16, and forming part of a historic pedestrian route; * Design interest: for its sturdy limestone construction, with its arch of squared stones, and its cobbled surface.
The small footbridge, crossing the River Jordan at Preston, is referred to locally as the ‘Roman Bridge’, but despite the local name, the precise age of the bridge is uncertain, though it is thought the structure may date from the C16. A bridge is marked at the site on several maps of later-C18 date. The bridge will have offered pedestrians a means to cross the river at the fording point along the road between Weymouth and Osmington. During the mid-C19 a road bridge was constructed approximately 25m to the south, although this has since been superseded by a modern structure. The bridge now stands in the garden of the early-C18 Roman Bridge Cottage (qv).
Footbridge, possibly dating from the C16, but perhaps later.
MATERIALS: limestone, with a cobbled footway surface.
DESCRIPTION: the bridge has a single segmental a single segmental arch forming a humpback structure with overall dimensions of 2.7m by 4.7m. The arch is constructed of squared stones. The bridge has no parapets or balustrades, although the footway surface is cobbled.
Books and journals
Good, R, The Old Roads of Dorset, (1966), 41, 132
HMSO, , An Inventory of the Historical Monuments of Dorset, (1970), 362
National Grid Reference: SY 70289 83081
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End of official listing