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Grosmont Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Kentchurch, Monmouthshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9269 / 51°55'36"N

Longitude: -2.8578 / 2°51'28"W

OS Eastings: 341111

OS Northings: 225719

OS Grid: SO411257

Mapcode National: GBR FD.NV1B

Mapcode Global: VH78Q.FT1R

Entry Name: Grosmont Bridge

Listing Date: 19 October 2000

Last Amended: 19 October 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 24172

Building Class: Transport

Location: Located on the minor road from Grosmont to Kentchurch, Grosmont Bridge crosses the River Monnow approximately 1 km NE of Grosmont.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Abergavenny

Civil Parish: Kentchurch

Locality: Cupid's Hill

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Herefordshire

Church of England Parish: Kentchurch

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

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History

In its present form a probably early C19 road bridge, but has earlier origins. The legendary Jack o' Kent, said to have lived on the borders of Herefordshire and Monmouthshire at some late medieval period, is said to have commanded the Devil to build a bridge across the Monnow at Grosmont in a single night. In return the Devil demanded the life of the first passenger to cross the bridge. However, Jack o' Kent foiled this plan by throwing a bone over the bridge and luring a hungry dog to chase across after it, cunningly outwitting Satan.

Exterior

Early C19 bridge. Rubble stone with ashlar dressings. Single broad segmental arch with centre keystone and slightly recessed stone voussoirs. Parapet rises to a height of approximately 1m with shouldered coping and splayed abutments. On both upstream and downstream sides, the outer faces of the parapet walls project slightly and are carried on a row of shaped corbels.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a well-proportioned early C19 road bridge.

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