Keys to the Past

The Old Bridge and Chantry Footbridge (Morpeth)

Wooden foundations of the Old Bridge.
Photo by Harry Rowland, 1972.
Wooden foundations of the Old Bridge. Photo by Harry Rowland, 1972.

A medieval bridge was first recorded at this site in the middle of the 13th century. Although it was partly destroyed in the early 19th century most of the supporting stone pillars can still be seen. In 1831 a new footbridge was built over the river, using these old supports. In 1869 a new, cast-iron footbridge was built. Traces of the wooden foundations of the medieval bridge could still be seen until quite recently. This is a Scheduled Monument and Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N11535
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Conservation area
Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD SURVEY, Historic Bridges in Northumberland 1992; P RYDER
PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Historic Bridges in Northumberland 1992; P RYDER

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Source of Reference
Local History of Morpeth


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