The fate of England’s medieval bridges, 1760 to the present day
Date & Time

27 February 2020
18:30

Location

Harrison Building, University of Exeter, North Park Road, Exeter, Devon EX4 4QF
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Free

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The fate of England’s medieval bridges, 1760 to the present day

Lecture
Date & Time

27 February 2020
18:30

Location

Harrison Building, University of Exeter, North Park Road, Exeter, Devon EX4 4QF
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Price

Free

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This year, the Devon and Cornwall Regional Group is hosting technical lectures on bridge engineering.

The first lecture is on medieval bridges by Dr David Harrison, who is the Author of ‘The Bridges of Medieval England’.

By the early 16th century England possessed an extensive network of mostly stone bridges. This network survived to a remarkable extent until the 1760s. Then everything changed.

Over the next 50 years perhaps 90 percent of old bridges were demolished, and many bridges built on new sites.  

The main reason was fashion: old bridges no longer fitted in with contemporary notions of what a bridge should look like.

Bridges were now demolished and rebuilt when previously they would have been repaired. But fashion changed in the 19th century and medieval structures became valued.

In the last 150 years, few bridges have been lost. However, over the last 50 years insensitive highway engineers have had a dire impact: the setting of too many ancient bridges has been spoilt; and, whereas in Europe many great medieval bridges have been pedestrianised, in England this is rare.  

Anyone interested in bridges is welcome to join this meeting.

Speaker

Dr David Harrison, Medieval bridges and transport, retired House of Commons Clerk (including Clerk of the Environment and Transport Committee, 1997-2002), Convenor of International Bridges Group (interdisciplinary group of scholars: archaeologists, engineers, historians and a Professor of English).

Additional Attendee Information

If you would like to attend the lecture please contact David Bray. 

Parking space is available on campus.

Refreshments will be provided at 18:30.   

The venue is marked 23 on the map below.

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/visit/directions/streathammap/

Contact

Email - [email protected]

Name - David Bray

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