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Cleveland Bridge

What is it?

Cleveland Bridge was built for the Duke of Cleveland on the site of an ancient ferry crossing. "It is one of the finest late Georgian bridges in Greek Revival style, combining the antique with expressive use of new materials" [Forsyth 2003].

Where is it in Bath?

The bridge carries the main A36 road over the River Avon upstream from Pulteney Bridge. There are three plaques on the inside of the northern balustrade:
Cleveland Bridge north ballustrade There are three more plaques afixed to the inside of the southern balustrade:

Location of plaques on Cleveland Bridge

SW Plaque:

Cleveland Bridge plaque SW

The text of the SW Plaque reads

"The original bridge was purchased by the City Council in 1925
Cedric Chivers, J.P., Mayor.
J. Basil Ogden, M.A., LL. B., Town Clerk."

SE Plaque:

Cleveland Bridge plaque SE

The text of the SE Plaque reads

"Freed from tolls on the 20th day of June, 1929, under the powers of the Bath Corporation Act, 1925."

NE Plaque:

Cleveland Bridge plaque NE

The text of the NE Plaque reads

"Reconstructed 1928-9
F. P. Sissons M.Inst.M. & Cy.E., City Engineer. Lotz & Kier Contractors."

NW Plaque:

Cleveland Bridge plaque NW

The text of the NW Plaque reads

"Opened by the Most Hon. The Marquess of Bath, K.G.,
Honorary Freeman of this city
in the time of Aubrey Bateman, Mayor.
20th June, 1929."

Adjacent to this plaque is a more recent Award plaque:

Cleveland Bridge Environmental Award plaque

The Text reads:

"Bath Conservation Area Advisory Committee Environmental Award 1993"

Central Plaque (both sides):

Cleveland Bridge central plaque

The text of the Central Plaques (both sides) reads

"MDCCCXXVII (1827) H.E. Goodridge. Archt. W Hazeldine. Contr."

Location map of Cleveland Bridge:
Cleveland Bridge plaque location map



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