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© Mr John Bjergfelt

IoE Number: 374024
Location: RAIL BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER PARRETT, WEST QUAY (east side)
  BRIDGWATER, SEDGEMOOR, SOMERSET
Photographer: Mr John Bjergfelt
Date Photographed: 25 February 2002
Date listed: 31 January 1994
Date of last amendment: 31 January 1994
Grade II*

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BRIDGWATERST2937SEWEST QUAY736-1/10/207(East side)

BRIDGWATER ST2937SE WEST QUAY 736-1/10/207 (East side) Rail bridge over the River Parrett II* Telescopic rail bridge. 1871. Cast-iron and steel. Designed to extend the Bristol and Exeter Railway across the River Parrett to the coal yard and harbour while allowing sailing vessels to continue up the river to the town bridge. The central portion could be rolled back on to the east bank. Motive power was provided by a steam engine located in a small brick building at the eastern end, now removed. Part of the railway line remains on the west bank. A rare example. (The Batsford Guide: Buchanan C A: The Guide to the Archaeology of Central and Southern England: 1980-: 116; VCH: Somerset: London: 1992-: 195).

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