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Iping Bridge

A Scheduled Monument in Stedham with Iping, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.9992 / 50°59'57"N

Longitude: -0.7856 / 0°47'8"W

OS Eastings: 485311.641349

OS Northings: 122901.334834

OS Grid: SU853229

Mapcode National: GBR DDV.672

Mapcode Global: FRA 967G.PS3

Entry Name: Iping Bridge

Scheduled Date: 1 May 1951

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1005841

English Heritage Legacy ID: WS 135

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Stedham with Iping

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Stedham with Iping

Church of England Diocese: Chichester


Iping Bridge, 30m north-west of Iping House.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 29 October 2014. The 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 16th or 17th century multi-span bridge situated on Iping Lane over the River Rother at Iping.

The bridge is constructed of stone with five semi-circular ribbed arches. There are four cutwaters on the upstream side and four on the downstream side. The fifth arch at the north end of the bridge is of later date and has twin buttresses on the downstream side. Partial rebuilding and repairs are thought to have been carried out in the 17th and 18th centuries.

It is Grade II listed.

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.

Despite some partial rebuilding and repairs, Iping Bridge is a good example of a stone multi-span bridge, which survives in very good condition.

Source: Historic England


West Sussex HER 1177 - MWS2176. NMR SU 82 SE 23. PastScape 246837. LBS 412080.

Source: Historic England

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