Record Details

NHER Number:4440
Type of record:Monument
Name:Post medieval to modern suspension bridge


A suspension bridge was erected here in 1826 to a design by Captain Sir Samuel Brown and at a cost of £3000. The bridge had a central carriageway with a footpath on either side. By 1925 the bridge had become too dangerous for use and in 1926 it was replaced with a concrete bridge with a central concrete arch. In 1996 this bridge was replaced by a modern streel and reinforced concrete structure.


  • The suspension bridge in Welney was built in 1826 and replaced in 1926  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TL 5349 9281
Map Sheet:TL59SW

Full description

Suspension bridge 1826.
Site of, replaced by Bailey Bridge.
E. Rose (NAU).

Photo in file.

(S1) describes the history of the bridge, which was built in 1826 at a cost of £3,000 and designed by Captain Sir Samuel Brown. The wrought iron suspension bridge was nearly 60m long, and had a central carriageway with a footpath on either side. By 1925 the bridge was considered to be too dangerous for use, and in 1926 it was replaced by a three-span bridge with a central arch of reinforced concrete. This bridge was replaced in 1996 with a steel and reinforced concrete bridge. The area around the bridge is now known as Suspension Bridge.
See (S1) for more details.
S. Spooner (NLA) 13 July 2006

Monument Types

  • SUSPENSION BRIDGE (Post Medieval to 21st Century - 1540 AD to 2100 AD)
  • BRIDGE (Early 20th Century to 21st Century - 1901 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Photograph: BPT 13-14.
<S1>Website: Welney Website. 2005. Suspension Bridge, Welney. 13 July 2006.

Related records - none

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