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Thornton on Swale, Iron Bridge Parapet Repair

Grade II Iron bridge over River Swale. c.1888 is a cast iron bridge supported on ashlar abutments. Segmental single-spin arch composed of slender girders, some with large open cast iron trellis-work pattern parapets. The spandrels contain the shield of the City of York.

This bridge replaced a stone three arch bridge following a report on the condition of the original stone bridge in 1888 describing it as an ‘old and infirm’ structure.

This crossing of the Swale has considerable local historical importance. The restoration in 1984 involved the rebuilding of the deck but the original facade was retained.

Following a traffic accident in February 2016 the bridge has been restricted to a single carriageway following a breach of the iron parapet to one side.

We were asked to retrieve the damaged casting from the river and use these to make replacement panels and place them back into the bridge.

2016 - Following the traffic accident.

2016 - Following the traffic accident.

The parapet castings viewed in the river below and the broken base rail viewed at deck level.

The parapet castings viewed in the river below and the broken base rail viewed at deck level.

A third of the parapet was lost during the accident.

A third of the parapet was lost during the accident.

Castings sheared off and fixings buried deep into a recent concrete deck.

Castings sheared off and fixings buried deep into a recent concrete deck.

The new parapet castings reintroduced into the bridge and the paintwork touched in.

The new parapet castings reintroduced into the bridge and the paintwork touched in.

Project completed.

Project completed.

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