Record Details

NHER Number:614
Type of record:Building
Name:St Miles or Coslany Bridge


This river bridge was originally built in 1186-1210 from timber. It was rebuilt in stone in 1521 and then in cast iron in 1804. It is a single span example with simple parapet rails. It may well be the oldest metal bridge in East Anglia and is made from five bolted sections.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2278 0885
Map Sheet:TG20NW

Full description

St Miles Bridge.

Named 'Coslanie Bridge' between 1186 and 1210 according to (S1).
Originally of timber, rebuilt in stone in 1521. Replaced by cast iron structure in 1804.
According to (S2) this was "originally the most ancient of the city bridges".
Information from (S3).
Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 23 January 2018.

1972. Listed Grade II.
River bridge. 1804 on panel. Built by James Frost. Cast iron. Stone abutments. Single span with simple parapet rails. Panelled sides.
Information from (S4).
P. Watkins (HES), 23 January 2018.

1990. Watching Brief.
Maintained during repair works.
Cast iron bracing, brick arched base, stone abutments visible. Whole length of bridge exposed, half width.
See notes (S5) for further details.
J. E. Bown (NAU) 26 October 1990.

According to (S6) this is possibly the oldest metal bridge in East Anglia.
James Frost worked in St Faith's Lane.
Approximately 11m [36ft 2ins] long, four cast iron ribs each of five bolted sections.
E. Rose (NLA) 10 January 1997.

See Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society fiche (S7) for further details.

Monument Types

  • BRIDGE (12th Century to 21st Century - 1186 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 279.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Monograph: West, J. R. 1932. St. Benet of Holme, 1020-1210. The eleventh and and twelfth century sections of Cott. Ms. Galba E.ii, the register of the abbey of St. Benet of Holme. Norfolk Record Society Publications. Vol II. p 152.
<S2>Publication: Blyth, G. K. 1842. The Norwich Guide. pp 53-54.
<S3>Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Norwich - Post Roman.
<S4>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1051286.
<S5>Unpublished Document: Bown, J. 1990. [Notes on watching brief at St Miles Bridge, Norwich].
<S6>Publication: Labrun, E. A. 1994. Civil Engineering Heritage, East and Central England. p 118.
<S7>Fiche: Exists.

Related records

Mon 1053Parent of: St Miles Bridge (Coslany Bridge) (Monument)
Site 1290Parent of: St. Miles Bridge, Coslany Street (Monument)
Mon 1067Part of: Coslany Street / Oak Street (Monument)
Mon 1227Part of: River Wensum (Monument)

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