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Latitude: 53.6905 / 53°41'25"N
Longitude: -2.1197 / 2°7'10"W
OS Eastings: 392193
OS Northings: 421565
OS Grid: SD921215
Mapcode National: GBR FTMR.WS
Mapcode Global: WHB8K.DHVN
Entry Name: Ragby Bridge
Listing Date: 30 September 1992
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1067577
English Heritage Legacy ID: 438607
Location: Todmorden, Calderdale, OL14
Civil Parish: Todmorden
Traditional County: Lancashire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire
Church of England Parish: Walsden St Peter
Church of England Diocese: Leeds
The following building shall be added:
SD 92 SW TODMORDEN RAGBY BRIDGE
off Ramsden Lane
Accommodation bridge. Probably early C18. Rubble brought to course
with roughly dressed grit-stone voussoirs. Single-span packhorse
bridge over the Ramsden Clough. Arch springs from boulder plinth with
stone setted foot-bed under arch. Slightly swept abutments; formerly
had low single-stone parapet recorded in 1966, now missing; dislodged
before 1988, reported to have been washed away in a flash flood in
1983. The bridge carried an ancient packhorse route called 'The
Walsden Highway' being part of the 'Ramsden Long Causeway', which was
the highway from Rochdale and Wardle to Walsden and Todmorden prior
to the construction of the Steanor Bottom Turnpike Road through the
Walsden valley in 1764. See Steanor Bottom Toll House, Rochdale Road,
item no. 8/258. A good example of a small packhorse bridge set in a
typical rural moorland setting. It was the only bridged river
crossing in Walsden prior to the building of the Rochdale Canal in
1800, when New Bridge was constructed in the valley bottom. J.
Crowther, Walsden: A century of Change, 1780-1880, Todmorden
Antiquarian Society, p.4. S. Hogg, 1991, Naze Road and Ramsden Long
Causeway via Ragby Bridge to Rochdale boundary, South Pennine
Packhorse Trails Information Sheet.
Listing NGR: SD9219321565
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