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Wetherby Bridge (Over River Wharfe) with Attached War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Wetherby, Leeds

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Latitude: 53.9265 / 53°55'35"N

Longitude: -1.3861 / 1°23'9"W

OS Eastings: 440411

OS Northings: 447995

OS Grid: SE404479

Mapcode National: GBR LRR1.Q6

Mapcode Global: WHDB0.PK5Q

Entry Name: Wetherby Bridge (Over River Wharfe) with Attached War Memorial

Listing Date: 30 March 1966

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1313468

English Heritage Legacy ID: 341930

Location: Wetherby, Leeds, LS22

County: Leeds

Civil Parish: Wetherby

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Wetherby St James

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text

LS22 (south end)

2/ll 5/11 Wetherby Bridge (over
30.3.66 River Wharfe) with
attached war memorial


Bridge and attached war memorial. C13 origin, rebuilt C17 widened 1773 and
again in 1826 to a design by Bernard Hartley and Son; war memorial of c1920
by E. F. Roslyn. Ashlar and rock-faced sandstone and gritstone; bronze war
memorial statue. Large bridge with 6 segmentally-arched spans; attached war
memorial at north end on east side. Upstream (west) side: segmental arches
spring from pronounced triangular cutwaters with half-pyramidal tops which
rise as piers to the parapet; the walling between raised in rock-faced work
and with ashlar parapet wall. Downstream side (of 1826) is of rock-faced
gritstone with battered piers rising from triangular cutwaters which divide
arches with raised keystones; ashlar parapet; on right is a large battered
pier forming base to the war memorial. The soffits of the northernmost 2
arches of the bridge show 3 building phases; the narrow central section of
the bridge is round-arched with ribs at the imposts and may be of C13 origin
although described as 'newly turned' in 1752 (Carr and Watson). The soffits
of the southernmost 2 arches show pointed central sections. War memorial:
rectangular ashlar pedestal with plaques recording the names of those lost in
the Great War; seated bronze lions to each side of plinth surmounted by
bronze statue of Victory holding sword by her right side and with laurel-
wreath held aloft. In 1233 Archbishop Gray mentions contributions for the
construction of a bridge at Wetherby; by 1281 patent rolls of Edward II note
the right of pontage. Rebuilt following destruction by floods in the C17 and
continually repaired throughout the following century as a result of
increased traffic load and further flood damage.
Scheduled Ancient Monument; county No 74.
A. Brett, "A Ston Bridg over Wharf" at Wetherby,Y.A,J,50, 193l, pp.274-7.
Robert Carr and John Watson, Book of Bridges, MSS, 1752-3.
R. Unwin,Wetherby, 1986, pp. 60-61, 79-80.

Listing NGR: SE4041147995

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 31 January 2017.

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