Bow Bridge, Thorsgill Beck

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Bow Bridge
North Riding
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Type: Packhorse bridge
Crossing: Thorsgill Beck
Grid reference: NZ06241521
Location: 54°31’56"N, 1°54’18"W
Type: Packhorse bridge
Built Prob 17th century

Bow Bridge, also known as the Thorsgill Beck packhorse bridge is to be found a little to the south-east of Barnard Castle, carrying a minor road over the Thorsgill Beck, at the foot of the beck just above the point where it enters the River Tees. The bridge is thus in Teesdale, on the south side of the Tees in the North Riding of Yorkshire. The road it conveys is a minor one, running alongside the Tees.

The bridge is a scheduled ancient monument[1] and a Grade II listed structure,[2] as it is a rare example of a surviving early modern packhorse bridge. It is believe to have been built probably in the 17th century, though there is no extant record.

The bridge, built as no more than a packhorse bridge, is of squared roughly-tooled stone, hog-backed in form. It crosses the beck with a single segmental arch. It has low, flat-topped parapets and is paved with large cobbles.

A hundred yards or so to the south lie the remains of Egglestone Abbey. Just downstream is the eighteenth century Abbey Bridge over the River Tees.


  1. National Heritage List 1005566: Thorsgill Beck packhorse bridge
  2. National Heritage List 1310503: Bow Bridge or Thorsgill Beck packhorse bridge