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Heyford Bridge That Part in the Parish of Lower Heyford

A Grade II* Listed Building in Lower Heyford, Oxfordshire

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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

Plus Code: 9C3WWM9V+PQ

Entry Name: Heyford Bridge That Part in the Parish of Lower Heyford

Listing Date: 26 November 1951

Last Amended: 26 February 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1266350

English Heritage Legacy ID: 421838

Location: Lower Heyford, Cherwell, Oxfordshire, OX25

County: Oxfordshire

District: Cherwell

Civil Parish: Lower Heyford

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Lower Heyford

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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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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