Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Kings Weston Footbridge

From Graces Guide
Kings Weston Road is not as quiet and benign as this photo might imply!
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over Kings Weston Road (B4057), at the southern end near its junction with Shirehampton Road (B4054), Bristol

NOTE: The bridge was badly damaged in 2015 by being struck by a lorry, and currently (January 2022) remains unrepaired.

This cast iron footbridge connected the former estates, now public parks, of Kings Weston House and Blaise Castle. Latterly it was used as a safe crossing over a dangerous road.

Believed to have been built between 1819 and 1821, when a new road was cut through the estate by John Loudon McAdam[1].

In general appearance it resembles a number of other parkland footbridges from the early 1800s. However, the half arch members were cast in a closed mould, rather than the more common and inferior method of casting in an open mould. This allowed the use of 'I' section arch members, although the flanges are of very modest width.

The slender vertical railings between the more substantial ones appear to be relatively recent additions, being welded to the original railings.

See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Bristol City Council/Historic Design Group - Kings Weston Estate: Historic Landscape Conservation Management Plan. Note: Large PDF