Information for record number MWA2108:
Shipston Bridge

Summary Shipston Bridge, the remains of a Post Medieval stone Bridge. It was widened in the 19th century and the upstream side rebuilt in brick. It crosses the River Stour, 200m south east of the church.
What Is It?  
Type: Bridge, Road Bridge
Period: Post-medieval - Imperial (1540 AD - 1900 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Shipston on Stour
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 26 40
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
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Description

 
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1 The Dean and Chapter of Worcester were responsible for the repair of half of the bridge at Shipston on Stour, and in the records of the sessions for 1633 and 1635 the bridge was stated to be 'in decay'. Ogilby showed a stone bridge with six arches, as at the present time, and five of them are four-centred in shape. On the downstream face is the date 1698, but the other side has been widened by about 3m, in brick with stone arch-rings having projecting keystones. The total span is 34m, and the roadway is 5.5m in width.
2 The upstream side was rebuilt in brick when the bridge was widened in the last century.
 
Sources

Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Ancient Bridges
Author/originator: Jervoise E
Date: 1936
Page Number: 165
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Source No: 2
Source Type: Serial
Title: TBAS vol 69
Author/originator: Sapcote E S
Date: 1951
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 69
   
Images:  
A view of Shipston Bridge, Shipston on Stour
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
Date: 1920s
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Glossary

 
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source TBAS Transactions of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society is a journal produced by the society annually. It contains articles about archaeological field work that has taken place in Birmingham and Warwickshire in previous years. Copies of the journal are kept by the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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period Post Medieval About 1540 AD to 1750 AD (the 16th century AD to the 18th century AD)

The Post Medieval period comes after the medieval period and before the Imperial period.

This period covers the second half of the reign of the Tudors (1485 – 1603), the reign of the Stuarts (1603 – 1702) and the beginning of the reign of the Hannoverians (1714 – 1836).
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period Imperial 1751 AD to 1914 AD (end of the 18th century AD to the beginning of the 20th century AD)

This period comes after the Post Medieval period and before the modern period and starts with beginning of the Industrial Revolution in 1750. It includes the second part of the Hannoverian period (1714 – 1836) and the Victorian period (1837 – 1901). The Imperial period ends with the start of the First World War in 1914.
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monument ROADWAY * The central part of a road between the pavements or the verges. back
monument STONE * Use only where stone is natural or where there is no indication of function. back
monument ARCH * A structure over an opening usually formed of wedge-shaped blocks of brick or stone held together by mutual pressure and supported at the sides; they can also be formed from moulded concrete/ cast metal. A component; use for free-standing structure only. back
monument CHURCH * A building used for public Christian worship. Use more specific type where known. back
monument BRIDGE * A structure of wood, stone, iron, brick or concrete, etc, with one or more intervals under it to span a river or other space. Use specific type where known. back
monument ROAD BRIDGE * A bridge carrying a road over land or water. back
monument CROSS * A free-standing structure, in the form of a cross (+), symbolizing the structure on which Jesus Christ was crucified and sacred to the Christian faith. Use specific type where known. back

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