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Chertsey Bridge

A Scheduled Monument in Chertsey St Ann's, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.3889 / 51°23'19"N

Longitude: -0.4864 / 0°29'11"W

OS Eastings: 505411.74443

OS Northings: 166624.706996

OS Grid: TQ054666

Mapcode National: GBR 1G.81J

Mapcode Global: VHFTX.JC64

Entry Name: Chertsey Bridge

Scheduled Date: 17 January 1952

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003752

English Heritage Legacy ID: SU 68

County: Surrey

Electoral Ward/Division: Chertsey St Ann's

Built-Up Area: Chertsey

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: St Nicholas Shepperton

Church of England Diocese: London


Chertsey Bridge, 81m ESE of The Kingfisher Public House

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 17/10/14. 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 late 18th century multi-span stone bridge situated on Chertsey Bridge Road over the River Thames, east of Chertsey. It was designed by James Paine and built between 1783 and 1785. The bridge has five principal segmental arches over the water, the centre of which is widest, with one more each side brought forward slightly and spanning the bridge approach. It has a plain ashlar parapet with a band at the base and capping above. There are cast-iron ornamental panels over the spandrels and breakwaters. On the south side are pointed cutwaters with rounded tops at the springing of the arches.

Chertsey Bridge was built slightly upstream from an earlier bridge it replaced, which dated to 1541 and had become ruinous by 1779. It underwent alterations in 1894 and minor restoration work in 1991.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Multi-span bridges are structures of two or more arches supported on piers. They were constructed for the use of pedestrians and packhorse or vehicular traffic, crossing rivers or streams, often replacing or supplementing earlier fords. Stone or brick bridges constructed from the medieval period onwards were built with pointed, semicircular or segmental arches. The bridge abutments and revetting of the river banks also form part of the bridge. The theory and practice of masonry construction for bridges reached a high point in the 18th century. After this time increasing demand led to quicker builds with the adoption of iron bridges and later metal truss and suspension bridges.
Chertsey Bridge is a fine example of a late 18th century multi-span bridge, which is very well preserved with excellent stonework and cast iron features. It is monumental in form with good proportions and is thought to be the least altered of the Thames bridges designed by James Paine.

Source: Historic England


NMR TQ06NE49. PastScape 394356.

Source: Historic England

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