Warcop Old Bridge

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Warcop Old Bridge
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Warcop Old Bridge
Carrying: Local road
Crossing: River Eden
Grid reference: NY74321510
Location: 54°31’50"N, 2°23’54"W
Length: 120 feet

Warcop Old Bridge, south-west of Eden Gate outside Warcop in northern Westmorland, carries a local road, known as Ravens Brow, over the River Eden. It is reckoned that the bridge is of the early-modern period, of the 16th century, although the earliest records showing a bridge here date from 1374.

This is a rare example of the bridge of this age with more than one span surviving to any great extent without having been rebuilt or replaced. Warcop Old Bridge is well-preserved with many original architectural features. The structure of the bridge, including its footings, will contain archaeological deposits relating to its construction and use. It is a Grade II* listed structure.[1]

This is one of the earliest surviving bridges spanning the River Eden and it provides insight into the importance of transport networks and river crossings during the late mediæval-early post-mediæval period.


The bridge is built of coursed, squared rubble blocks and has three segmental arches standing on piers with triangular cutwaters. Each of the arches has four massive square ribs and the bridge is topped by a parapet with semi-hexagonal refuges supported by the cutwaters below.

Outside links


  1. National Heritage List 1007208: Warcop Old Bridge