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Chapel of St Anne and Telford Bridge

Hob Uid: 114247
Location :
Worcestershire
Wyre Forest
Bewdley
Grid Ref : SO7877075080
Summary : A series of Medieval bridges stood on this site, the first 1447-60, destroyed during the Wars of the Roses, the second, 1460-83, the third 1483-1795 which had a gatehouse and St Annes chapel and a prison, the last built by Telford in 1798.
More information : (SO 78777538) Bridge & Gate (NR) (Site of) (1)

The first bridge between Wribbenhall and Bewdley was probably
begun about 1447. Two old sketches in the town hall show a
timbered gate-house on the bridge with strong gates, on the
Wribbenhall side. (2)

Bridge Chapel (St Anne), traditionally stated to have stood at the
foot of the old bridge was removed in 1797. (3)

The present bridge (Grade I) was bult by Thomas Telford in
1795-8. (4)

Three bridges preceeded the one built in 1798 by Thomas Telford. The bridges were built on the site of a Roman and Saxon ford. The 1447 bridge may only have been a footbridge and was broken down during the War of the Roses, its remains helping to rebuild the town's fortifications. It was replaced in 1460 by a wooden bridge which stood on its predecessors remains. This in its turn was replaced by a stone bridge in 1483, on which was built a wooden gatehouse which housed the toll collector's dwelling. The other structure called the Bridge House was in fact a prison and a chapel was built on the north side of the bridge. This bridge was washed away in 1795. (5)

Seven Bridge including flanking arches and bulustrade bridge 1798 by Thomas Telford. Grade I (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1954
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Source Number : 2
Source : The Victoria history of the county of Worcester: volume four
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Page(s) : 304
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Source Number : 3
Source : Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham Archaeological Society transactions, excursions and reports
Source details : FTS Houghton
Page(s) : 98
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Vol(s) : 45, 1919
Source Number : 4
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : MHLG (Prov List) Bewdley MB Nov 1968 1
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Source Number : 5
Source : Worcestershire archaeology and local history newsletter
Source details :
Page(s) : 16-18
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Vol(s) : 35, 1985
Source Number : 6
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) District of Wyre Forest 27 May 1987 1
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date :
Monument End Date : 1460
Monument Start Date : 1447
Monument Type : Bridge
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date :
Monument End Date : 1483
Monument Start Date : 1460
Monument Type : Bridge
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date :
Monument End Date : 1795
Monument Start Date : 1483
Monument Type : Bridge, Bridge Chapel, Prison
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date :
Monument End Date :
Monument Start Date : 1798
Monument Type : Bridge
Evidence : Structure

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Hereford & Worcestershire)
External Cross Reference Number : 11174
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SO 77 NE 9
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, TELFORD BRIDGE, BEWDLEY
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 1991-01-01
End Date : 1991-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND AT SEVERN SIDE SOUTH
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 2002-01-01
End Date : 2002-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, SEVERNSIDE SOUTH, BEWDLEY
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 2005-01-01
End Date : 2005-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, BEWDLEY BRIDGE, BEALE'S CORNER
Activity type : ARCHITECTURAL SURVEY
Start Date : 2013-01-01
End Date : 2013-12-31