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Cast iron footbridge at Perran Mill

A Scheduled Monument in Perranarworthal, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2039 / 50°12'14"N

Longitude: -5.1186 / 5°7'7"W

OS Eastings: 177552.484005

OS Northings: 38420.065826

OS Grid: SW775384

Mapcode National: GBR ZB.28KZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 085H.1PT

Entry Name: Cast iron footbridge at Perran Mill

Scheduled Date: 15 July 1975

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1001726

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 972

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Perranarworthal

Built-Up Area: Perranwell

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Mylor

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a cast iron footbridge across the River Kennall in Perranworthal. The bridge survives as a five bay cast iron construction of a single span. The walkway was cast in sections and features a diamond pattern for grip with drainage slots. The balustrades are identical and in the Gothic style. Each was cast in a single section. The balustrades feature a bottom rail and narrow lancets with, to the middle rail and above, intersecting pointed arches between the top rails. They were cast at the nearby Perran Foundry, began in 1791, which in its heyday produced some of the largest beam engines ever constructed. The bridge is reputedly one of the last pieces produced by the foundry in 1879. It was moved to its current location in the 20th century following a diversion of the river.

The bridge is Listed Grade II* (63528).

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-427575

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The decorative cast iron footbridge at Perran Mill is unique as it was produced by one of the most important beam engine manufacturers, forming part of the infrastructure to the Cornish mining industry. The bridge is a rare example of its non-industrial work, combining function with good quality decorative work.

Source: Historic England

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