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Ashford Carbonell Bridge

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A small masonry bridge at Ashford Carbonell in Shropshire

The first known example of Thomas Telford using the technique of "hollow spandrel construction" (i.e. a space above the curve of an arch). The arch has a span of 24.7m and a rise of 7.3m.

1795 Telford designed the segmental single-span arch bridge.

1797 The bridge opened.

Currently the bridge carries a minor road from Ashford Carbonell west to the A49 over the River Teme south of Ludlow.

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Sources of Information

  • Engineering timelines [1]