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Bridge Number 65

A Grade II* Listed Building in Cosgrove, West Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.0774 / 52°4'38"N

Longitude: -0.8445 / 0°50'40"W

OS Eastings: 479289

OS Northings: 242742

OS Grid: SP792427

Mapcode National: GBR BY8.PBP

Mapcode Global: VHDSZ.91XT

Plus Code: 9C4X35G4+X6

Entry Name: Bridge Number 65

Listing Date: 1 December 1951

Last Amended: 18 May 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1190608

English Heritage Legacy ID: 235242

ID on this website: 101190608

Location: Cosgrove, West Northamptonshire, MK19

County: West Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Cosgrove

Built-Up Area: Cosgrove

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Cosgrove St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

Tagged with: Road bridge

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Bridge No.65

(Formerly listed as Canal Bridge (Solmon's Bridge))



Canal bridge. c.1800. Dressed limestone. Gothick style. Single-span bridge with
wide slightly pointed arch and curved feet. Arch has blank cusped panels and
keyblock. Semi-octagonal buttresses either side of arch have quatrefoil frieze
to base and ogee half-cupolas and are flanked by ogee-headed niches. Panelled
parapets with circular piers either end. In 1800 the two halves of the Grand
Junction Canal met here. Construction began at Brentford in Middlesex and
Braunston, Northamptonshire. It is said that a certain Colonel Solmons, 'Lord of
the Manor', agreed to the cutting of the canal on condition that he was allowed
to erect the necessary bridge. However the Lord of the Manor at this time was
George Biggin Esq., whose residence, Cosgrove Priory, is in sight of the bridge.
The proximity may explain the bridge's unusually ornamental appearance.
(Buildings of England: Northamptonshire: 1933, p159; Wolverton Historical
Journal: 1970, pp34-40)

Listing NGR: SP7928942742

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