Another historic bridge hit by a vehicle, this time Ledwyche Bridge – any witnesses?

Another historic Ludlow bridge has been damaged. On Friday, a blue vehicle whacked into the north parapet of Ledwyche Bridge, a Grade II listed bridge on Squirrel Lane. Is it too much to ask drivers to respect the historic environment they are driving through?

The current Ledwyche Bridge was built in the nineteenth century and links Ludford and Bitterley parishes across Ledwyche Brook. It has a single-span arch and is built of rubble stone, ashlar and brick.

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On Friday, 7 January, the north parapet was hit hard by a vehicle. Blue paint can be seen on the road side of the parapet. The parapet has been cracked and stonework pushed towards the brook.

Images: Phil Middleton

The damage is not as extensive as that suffered by Ludford Bridge last year but will require quite a bit of work to repair. Given the narrowness of the bridge, it is likely that the bridge will need to be closed for repairs, necessitating a lengthy diversion for residents of Ledwyche and Squirrel Lane.

If anyone witnessed a blue vehicle or has seen one with damage in the Ledwyche area, please let me know.

Update 9 January 2016

Mouchel, consulting engineers to Shropshire Council, has arranged for an inspection of the bridge structure. The council’s historic environment will be advising on any repairs. I’ll post more information when we have it.