Clare Bridge, Suffolk.
Sir William Cubitt's second cast iron bridge, it was built in 1813 with three spans over the river Stour.
Period of construction:
1800 - 1849
Transport Trust plaque:
The first bridges were probably of felled trees lain across the river (Stockbridge and Trowbridge both refer to tree trunk bridges) and then of worked timber.
On the south side of the pretty town of Clare in Suffolk there is a three span cast iron bridge which carries a minor road over the river Stour. It was the second bridge designed by (later Sir) William Cubitt. The semi-elliptical arched spans are 3 m.( 11ft.), 4 m.( 13 ft 6 ins) and 3 m. (11 ft.).
It is a nicely proportioned bridge, appears well maintained, and is still in use. Its existence suggests that it was part of what was a north/south route more important earlier than it is today.
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How To Find:
By Road: It is crossed by Ashen Road, a turning southward off Nethergate Street near the centre of Clare.
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