Widcombe Footbridge Restoration
What is it?
Widcombe footbridge is a single-span,
lattice girder construction of 1877 by T.E.M Marsh. It replaced the
double bow-string wooden arch footbridge of 1863 by Hickes and Isaac,
collapsed with eight deaths in 1877
]. Originally a toll bridge,
the toll of one half-penny per person gives rise to its common name of Ha'penny Bridge
. It was most
recently restored in 2013.
Where is it in Bath?
The bridge spans the River Avon from the Widcombe bank (nearest camera)
rear of Bath Spa railway station (far end):
The plaque is affixed to the Widcombe end of the parapet.
The text reads:
Restored 2013 by Bath & North East Somerset Council
Bath Preservation Trust
Railway Heritage Trust
Contractor ERH Construction Ltd
Engineer Mohammed I Rashid MIStructE
The supporting buttress on the
Widcombe bank has a number of engraved flood levels. For information
about them see Widcombe flood
Location map of Widcombe footbridge :
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