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Holt Fleet Bridge

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Crosses the River Severn at Holt Fleet, north of Worcester

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A cast iron bridge of 150 ft span, completed in 1827, opened 1 January 1828.

Designed by Thomas Telford. Ironwork produced by William Hazledine.

Foundation stone (2 tons) laid by Lord Foley on 21st August 1826[1]

Bridge opened on New Year's Day, 1828. Cost £8300, being £200 less than the estimate.[2]

In 1928 the bridge underwent considerable modification to strengthen and widen it, without spoiling the elegant appearance. The arch ribs and spandrel columns were reinforced with steel bars. Unusually for the time, these were electrically welded at selected points to the cast iron. The intrados and part of the extrados were constructed in the form of solid vaulted arch slabs of reinforced concrete. The cast iron decking was replaced by a reinforced concrete beam and slab deck supported by the spandrel columns and bracing. The abutments and wing walls were strengthened by reinforced concrete and faced with sandstone to match the original. The cost was £11,600, about half the cost of a new bridge. The contractor was the Yorkshire Hennebique Construction Co Ltd, to the design of B. C. Hammond (Worcestershire County Surveyor) in consultation with M. Boulongne and M. Gueritte. [3]


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Sources of Information

  1. Worcester Journal, 24 August 1826
  2. Cambridge Chronicle and Journal - Friday 11 January 1828
  3. 'British Bridges' published by the Organising Committee of the Public Works, Roads and Transport Congress, 1933