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Hurst (South) Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Moreton, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7136 / 50°42'49"N

Longitude: -2.2912 / 2°17'28"W

OS Eastings: 379539

OS Northings: 90485

OS Grid: SY795904

Mapcode National: GBR 0ZQ.3KF

Mapcode Global: FRA 6726.57L

Plus Code: 9C2VPP75+FG

Entry Name: Hurst (South) Bridge

Listing Date: 30 June 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425777

Location: Moreton, Dorset, DT2

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Moreton

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Moreton St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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The largest of three bridges over the River Frome built in 1834 to designs by Dorset's County Surveyor, William Evans.


The largest of originally three bridges over the water meadows of the River Frome near Moreton, built in 1834 to designs by Dorset's County Surveyor, William Evans.

The eight-span bridge is constructed in brick with Portland stone cut-waters and copings and with footings of Ridgeway flagstone. Its eight segmental arches have piers between them with rounded cut-waters. The latter are straight-sided and finished with rounded tops level with the apices of the arches. To the centre of the bridge is a large diamond shaped pier with a large triangular cutwater at each end continued up to parapet level and forming a pedestrian refuge. The ends of the parapet walls curve outwards and are finished with small brick piers.


Designed by Dorset's County Surveyor, William Evans, it is the largest of three bridges built in 1834 as part of a causeway over the water meadows of the River Frome. They were funded by public subscription following an initial anonymous donation. The contract for the three bridges, which were built by George and William Slade, stonemasons of Dorchester, was in the sum of £795. The two other, smaller bridges situated to the north that were also designed by William Evans, were completely rebuilt in the late C20.

Reasons for Listing

Hurst (South) Bridge, the largest of originally three bridges over the River Frome, built in 1834 to designs by Dorset's County Surveyor, William Evans, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Architectural and engineering interest: as a good and representative early-C19 intact example of a large, multi-span bridge in a rural setting designed by a named local engineer;
* Historic interest: as an interesting example of an early-C19 development of an important local causeway over the water meadows of the River Frome, funded through public subscription;
* Intactness: the bridge has survived well.

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