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Wallington Bridge

A Scheduled Monument in Wallington Demesne, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.1495 / 55°8'58"N

Longitude: -1.9489 / 1°56'55"W

OS Eastings: 403355.505923

OS Northings: 583909.155593

OS Grid: NZ033839

Mapcode National: GBR G8TW.WV

Mapcode Global: WHB1H.1T7P

Entry Name: Wallington Bridge

Scheduled Date: 5 October 1925

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002903

English Heritage Legacy ID: ND 14

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Wallington Demesne

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Cambo Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


Wallington Bridge, 600m SE of Wallington Hall.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 11 May 2016. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes a bridge of 18th century date, which carries the B6342 over the River Wansbeck. The bridge is constructed from honey-coloured ashlar masonry with neat vertical tooling. The bridge has a central segmental river arch spanning 12m, flanked on either side by semi-circular headed flood arches 3.27m wide. It has triangular cutwaters with moulded caps, square piers and a balustraded parapet on a dentilled cornice. Beyond the outer piers wing walls sweep outwards. The bridge was constructed to carry the turnpike road from Hexham to Alnmouth over the River Wansbeck and lies upon the main approach to Wallington Hall. It was designed by James Paine for the Blackett family and was constructed in 1755.

The bridge is a listed building Grade I and is also within the Wallington Registered Park and Garden.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Multi span bridges are structures of two or more arches supported on piers. They were constructed throughout the medieval and early post-medieval period for the use of pedestrians and packhorse or vehicular traffic, crossing rivers or streams, often replacing or supplementing earlier fords. During the early medieval period timber was used, but from the 12th century stone (and later brick) bridges became more common, with the piers sometimes supported by a timber raft. The bridge abutments and revetting of the river banks also form part of the bridge. The roadway was often originally cobbled or gravelled.

Wallington Bridge survives in excellent condition. Despite the addition of a modern road surface the bridge survives largely unaltered. Beneath the current road surface archaeological evidence of the structure of the bridge survives in good condition and will contain evidence on the original construction and subsequent maintenance of the bridge.

Source: Historic England


PastScape Monument No:- 21167

Source: Historic England

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