Record Details

NHER Number:30546
Type of record:Building
Name:Town Bridge


Town Bridge was constructed over the Little Ouse in 1829 by Brough and Smith, City Road, London. It is a single span cast iron bridge with traceried spandrels and rusticated stone revetments. It has a decorative cast iron balustrade and two lamp standards and is dated on the upstream side.

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Grid Reference:TL 8685 8307
Map Sheet:TL88SE

Full description

Town Bridge. Listed 1971, Grade II.
Road bridge over Little Ouse River. 1829. Cast-iron. Rusticated stone revetments. Single elliptical span with traceried spandrel decoration. Dated 1829 on upstream side. Decorative cast-iron balustrade with 7 lattice stiles at intervals. In centre are 2 lamp standards with brackets.
See (S1) for further details.
E. Rose (NLA) 28 March 1994.

The bridge was built by Brough and Smith, City Road, London, It is 10m (33ft) long, with six cast iron ribs. Each rib is 38cm (1ft 3in) deep with 6cm (1.5in) webs cast in four segments. In 1964 the bridge was reinforced and concrete arches were added.
See (S2) for further details.
E. Rose (NLA) 14 January 1997.

See (S3) for a painting of the bridge.

Monument Types

  • ROAD BRIDGE (19th Century to 21st Century - 1829 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 720.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England.
<S2>Monograph: Labrun, E.A.. 1994. Civil Engineering Heritage, East and Central England.. pp 137-8.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1999. [Illustration of the Town Bridge, Thetford]. 11 August.

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