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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1313468
English Heritage Legacy ID: 341930
Location: Wetherby, Leeds, LS22
Civil Parish: Wetherby
Traditional County: Yorkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire
Church of England Parish: Wetherby St James
Church of England Diocese: Leeds
SE44NW, SE4048 WETHERBY HIGH STREET
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
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