Thorp Arch Bridge

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Thorp Arch Bridge
Boston Spa bridge in 2007.jpg
Coordinates 53°54′22″N1°20′39″W / 53.90611°N 1.34404°W / 53.90611; -1.34404 Coordinates: 53°54′22″N1°20′39″W / 53.90611°N 1.34404°W / 53.90611; -1.34404
Carries Bridge Road, Boston Spa
Crosses River Wharfe
Locale Thorp Arch and Boston Spa, West Yorkshire
Official name Thorp Arch Bridge
Other name(s) Boston Spa Bridge
Characteristics
Design arch bridge
Material Ashlar Magnesian limestone
No. of spans 4
Piers in water 3
History
Opened 1770

Thorp Arch Bridge (sometimes known locally as Boston Spa Bridge) is a stone arch bridge opened in 1770 across the River Wharfe linking the West Yorkshire villages of Boston Spa on the southbank and Thorp Arch on the north.

River Wharfe river in the United Kingdom

The River Wharfe is a river in Yorkshire, England. For much of its length it is the county boundary between West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire County of England

West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in England. It is an inland and in relative terms upland county having eastward-draining valleys while taking in moors of the Pennines and has a population of 2.2 million. West Yorkshire came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972.

Boston Spa village in the United Kingdom

Boston Spa is a village and civil parish in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England. Situated 3 miles (5 km) south of Wetherby, Boston Spa is on the south bank of the River Wharfe which separates it from Thorp Arch. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 4,006 rising to 4,079 in the 2011 census.

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Description

Thorp Arch bridge has five arched spans, two of which are over the current course of the river Wharfe is built of Ashlar magnesian limestone. The central arch has triangular cutwaters which accommodate pedestrian refuges in the parapets (the bridge has a footpath only to its upstream side), the remaining piers have cutwaters terminating in offsets. [1]

The Magnesian Limestone is a suite of carbonate rocks in north-east England dating from the Permian period. The outcrop stretches from Nottingham northwards through Yorkshire and into County Durham where it is exposed along the coast between Hartlepool and South Shields. The term has now been discontinued in formal use though it appears widely in popular and scientific literature on the geology of northern England.

Public transport

The bridge carries the 770; Harrogate to Leeds via Wetherby bus route.

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References

  1. "Thorp Arch Bridge, Thorp Arch". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 26 February 2016.