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Felton Old Bridge (Felton; Thirston)

Felton Old Bridge. Photo by Peter Ryder, 1992.
Felton Old Bridge. Photo by Peter Ryder, 1992.

The medieval bridge at Felton was probably built in the 15th century and has three arches spanning the River Coquet. Despite having been widened in the 18th or 19th century, it now carries only pedestrian traffic, a new bridge having been built next to it in the early 20th century. The bridge is built of sandstone and each pier has pointed cutwaters to help the water flow around them. Little documentary evidence has been found for the history of the bridge but an early charter shows there has been a bridge of some kind at Felton since at least the 12th century. The crossing at Felton was an important part of the route between Newcastle upon Tyne and Berwick-upon-Tweed. This is a Scheduled Monument and Grade II* Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N4325
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Conservation area
Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Historic Bridges in Northumberland 1992; P RYDER
FIELD SURVEY, Historic Bridges in Northumberland 1992; P RYDER
WATCHING BRIEF, Felton Bridge 1998; Northern Archaeological Associates

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Source of Reference
Local History of Felton
Local History of Thirston

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