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Latitude: 51.9194 / 51°55'9"N
Longitude: -1.3055 / 1°18'19"W
OS Eastings: 447859
OS Northings: 224764
OS Grid: SP478247
Mapcode National: GBR 7VM.LR9
Mapcode Global: VHCX1.B05Y
Entry Name: Heyford Bridge That Part in the Parish of Lower Heyford
Listing Date: 26 November 1951
Last Amended: 26 February 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1266350
English Heritage Legacy ID: 421838
Location: Lower Heyford, Cherwell, Oxfordshire, OX25
Civil Parish: Lower Heyford
Traditional County: Oxfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire
Church of England Parish: Lower Heyford
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
LOWER HEYFORD B4030
5/42 Heyford Bridge: that part in
26/11/51 the parish of Lower Heyford
(Formerly listed as Heyford
Bridge over River Cherwell
(that part in Ploughley R.D.))
River bridge. Probably C14, altered C17 and widened C19. Coursed squared
limestone with some ashlar dressings and some brick repair. Western end of
bridge, spanning the main branch of the River Cherwell, has 4 pointed medieval
arches, 2 of which retain chamfered ashlar ribs and have added brick linings,
but the westernmost arch has no ribs and has C19 outer voussoirs, and the next
arch was reduced to half its original span in the C17; between the arches are
shallow buttresses, and on either side of the river are square piers rising from
triangular buttresses. The bridge extends for approximately 190 metres across
the valley, the remainder forming a causeway which has 6 further arches, 2
medieval with chamfered ribs. C19 north face of bridge has corresponding arches
with squared voussoirs, those of the main span springing from low triangular
cutwaters. Both plain parapets have flat stone copings. The bridge was first
recorded in 1255. It forms an important feature in the landscape designed c.1740
by William Kent for Rousham Park.
(Rousham Park is included in the H.B.M.C. Register of Parks and Gardens at Grade
I; VCH: Oxfordshire: Vol VI, p182; Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: p693;
Oxfordshire Museums Information Sheet 17, "Medieval Bridges in Oxfordshire")
Listing NGR: SP4785924764
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