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Latitude: 51.804 / 51°48'14"N
Longitude: -0.0561 / 0°3'21"W
OS Eastings: 534129
OS Northings: 213492
OS Grid: TL341134
Mapcode National: GBR KBK.YFC
Mapcode Global: VHGPG.ZX7F
Entry Name: Bridge at Ngr Tl 3413 1349
Listing Date: 9 September 1996
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1268989
English Heritage Legacy ID: 461237
Location: Hertford, East Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG13
District: East Hertfordshire
Civil Parish: Hertford
Built-Up Area: Hertford
Traditional County: Hertfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire
Church of England Parish: Hertford All Saints
Church of England Diocese: St.Albans
TL3413SW THE NEW RIVER, THE KING'S MEAD
817-1/7/349 Bridge at NGR TL 3413 1349
Bridge, built to span the Hertford cut of the New River. 1817.
Prefabricated cast-iron girder bridge, with perforated
spandrels, ornamental keystones with date, with convex chordal
profile, span approx. 4.5m, rise approx 450 mil. Inscribed
'New River Co.', 'Priestfield Iron Works near Bilston'
(Staffordshire). Outer arches carry cast and wrought-iron post
and rail handrail.
HISTORICAL NOTE: the New River was constructed in 1608-13 by
Sir Hugh Myddelton to provide water for London, with a 38 mile
water course from Chadwell Spring, between Ware and Hertford.
By early C18 the supply had become inadequate. In 1739 a new
Act allowed water to be drawn from the River Lea near Hertford
to be measured by gauges, designed by Robert Mylne
(1733-1811). The River Lee Act of 1853 gave the New River
Company and the East London Waterworks Company the right to
take the whole of the Lea water, with the exception of that
required for navigation. An improved cut was made across the
King's Meads, and a new Gauge House (qv), designed by William
Chadwell Mylne (1761-1862) was built in 1856.
(Thames Water: History of the New River: London: 1985-; The
industrial archaeology of the British Isles: Branch Johnson W:
Industrial Archaeology of Hertfordshire: Newton Abbot: 1970-:
Listing NGR: TL3412913491
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