Abbey Bridge, Egglestone

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Abbey Bridge
County Durham, Yorkshire
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Abbey Bridge
Crossing: River Tees
Grid reference: NZ066149
Location: 54°31’47"N, 1°53’57"W
Built 1773

Egglestone's Abbey Bridge was built in 1773 when John Sawrey Morrit required better access to his Rokeby Estate. A single arch bridge, high above the river, and with castellated parapets, a toll was payable until the mid 20th century. The bridge was strengthened in 1982 and was further modified in 1998. The river banks here are steep, rocky and wooded and the views are excellent looking from the bridge.

It is a Grade II listed structure.[1]

The bridge if built of dressed stone, with some rubble in the lower courses. It has a single, semicircular arch which spans 75 feet and is flanked by slightly-projecting giant piers. The parapet is crenelated, with breaks forward over piers to form pedestrian refuges.

Two circular emplacements at southern end of parapet are said to be the bases of former toll-houses.


  1. National Heritage List 1160434: Abbey Bridge over the River Tees