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Footbridge off Mill Lane, Preston

A Grade II Listed Building in Preston, Dorset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6467 / 50°38'47"N

Longitude: -2.4216 / 2°25'17"W

OS Eastings: 370289

OS Northings: 83082

OS Grid: SY702830

Mapcode National: GBR PZ.H04H

Mapcode Global: FRA 57TC.GD9

Entry Name: Footbridge off Mill Lane, Preston

Listing Date: 12 December 1953

Last Amended: 30 June 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1135191

English Heritage Legacy ID: 467302

Location: Weymouth and Portland, Dorset, DT3

County: Dorset

District: Weymouth and Portland

Electoral Ward/Division: Preston

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Weymouth

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Preston with Sutton Poyntz St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Summary

Footbridge off Mill Lane, Preston, possibly dating from the C16, but perhaps later.

Description

Footbridge, possibly dating from the C16, but perhaps later.

MATERIALS: limestone, with a cobbled footway surface.

DESCRIPTION: the bridge has a single segmental a single segmental arch forming a humpback structure with overall dimensions of 2.7m by 4.7m. The arch is constructed of squared stones. The bridge has no parapets or balustrades, although the footway surface is cobbled.

History

The small footbridge, crossing the River Jordan at Preston, is referred to locally as the ‘Roman Bridge’, but despite the local name, the precise age of the bridge is uncertain, though it is thought the structure may date from the C16. A bridge is marked at the site on several maps of later-C18 date.
The bridge will have offered pedestrians a means to cross the river at the fording point along the road between Weymouth and Osmington. During the mid-C19 a road bridge was constructed approximately 25m to the south, although this has since been superseded by a modern structure.
The bridge now stands in the garden of the early-C18 Roman Bridge Cottage (qv).

Reasons for Listing

The Bridge off Mill Lane, Preston, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Historical interest: as a small footbridge, possibly dating from the C16, and forming part of a historic pedestrian route;
* Design interest: for its sturdy limestone construction, with its arch of squared stones, and its cobbled surface.

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