Thornborough Bridge

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Thornborough Bridge
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View from the south
Coordinates 51°59′33″N0°56′22″W / 51.99248°N 0.93935°W / 51.99248; -0.93935 Coordinates: 51°59′33″N0°56′22″W / 51.99248°N 0.93935°W / 51.99248; -0.93935
CarriesPedestrians (from 1974)
A421 road (pre-1974)
CrossesPadbury Brook, tributary of River Great Ouse
Locale Buckingham/Thornborough parish border, Buckinghamshire
Heritage status Grade I listed structure
Characteristics
MaterialStone
Total length30m (approx)
Width4m (approx)
No. of spans6
Piers in water3
History
Opened14th century

Thornborough Bridge is located on the original Bletchley and Buckingham road, now bypassed by a modern bridge in 1974 for the A421. The bridge is accessible to walkers from an adjacent lay-by.

Bletchley constituent town of Milton Keynes, in the ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire, England

Bletchley is a constituent town of Milton Keynes, in the ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire, England. It is situated in the south-west of Milton Keynes, and is split between the civil parishes of Bletchley and Fenny Stratford and West Bletchley.

Buckingham town in north Buckinghamshire, England

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The bridge straddles the parish boundaries of Thornborough and Buckingham (the parish boundary follows the line of Padbury Brook or The Twins, a tributary of the River Great Ouse), and dates from the end of the 14th century [1] [2] and is the only surviving mediaeval bridge in Buckinghamshire. The parish division is marked by a boundary stone in the middle of the bridge. [3]

Thornborough, Buckinghamshire village and civil parish within Aylesbury Vale district in Buckinghamshire, England

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The stone bridge is around 30 m (98 ft) long and 4 m (13 ft) wide, and spans the river by six low arches, [4] with three refuges formed within the parapet on the south side.

The bridge is Grade I listed by English Heritage. [5]

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References

  1. "Thornborough Bridge, Buckingham". Transport Heritage. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  2. AVDC information board on-site "dates to 1400"
  3. "Thornborough". A History of the County of Buckingham: Volume 4. 1927. pp. 237–242. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  4. "Plate 71: Thornborough and Buckingham, Thornborough Bridge". An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Buckinghamshire, Volume 2, North. 1913. p. 71. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  5. "Thornborough Bridge, Buckingham". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 23 January 2015.

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