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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1135191
English Heritage Legacy ID: 467302
Location: Weymouth and Portland, Dorset, DT3
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
Footbridge off Mill Lane, Preston, possibly dating from the C16, but perhaps later.
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.
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 During the mid-C19 a road bridge was constructed approximately 25m to the south, although this has since been superseded by a modern structure.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).
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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