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Dry Arch Bridge 300yds (270m) north east of St Giles' Church

A Scheduled Monument in Goodrich, Herefordshire,

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Latitude: 51.8699 / 51°52'11"N

Longitude: -2.6182 / 2°37'5"W

OS Eastings: 357532.202992

OS Northings: 219221.256968

OS Grid: SO575192

Mapcode National: GBR FQ.S76H

Mapcode Global: VH86P.K8QB

Entry Name: Dry Arch Bridge 300yds (270m) NE of St Giles' Church

Scheduled Date: 8 May 1975

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1005349

English Heritage Legacy ID: HE 193

County: Herefordshire,

Civil Parish: Goodrich

Traditional County: Herefordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Herefordshire

Church of England Parish: Goodrich and Welsh Bicknor

Church of England Diocese: Hereford


Single span bridge 390m south west of Priory Farm.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 21 May 2015. 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. As such they do not yet have the full descriptions of their modernised counterparts available. Please contact us if you would like further information.

This monument includes a single span bridge situated on a sloping ridge which forms the western valley side of the River Wye. The bridge is known locally as ‘Dry Arch Bridge’ and with the aid of a rock cut cutting enables one road to pass beneath another at right angles. The bridge is fully standing and stone built and there is a flight of 33 steps which connect the upper road with the lower road for use by pedestrians. The bridge carries a road still in use by vehicles (the Goodrich-Welsh Bicknor road) across another road similarly employed (the B4229) and is described by the county as being ‘an excellent example of very early vehicle grade separation’ or a simple ‘fly-over’. The bridge was built in 1825-8.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The single span bridge 390m south west of Priory Farm may actually be one of the earliest examples of a bridge specifically built to carry a minor road across a more major one without the interruption of the busier road by a road junction. It did, however, allow pedestrian traffic to cross from one ‘lane’ to the other three dimensionally without a lengthy diversion. It remains in active use and presumably set the scene for all major road traffic intersections which were to follow and as such represents an early example of congestion alleviation on the road network which is so pivotal to modern road travel.

Source: Historic England


PastScape 109634

Source: Historic England

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