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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
Entry Name: Bridge Number 65
Listing Date: 1 December 1951
Last Amended: 18 May 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1190608
English Heritage Legacy ID: 235242
Location: Cosgrove, South Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, MK19
District: South 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
GRAND UNION CANAL
(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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