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Listed Building record MDR11292 - Milford Bridge, Derby Road, Milford, Belper

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  • (Georgian to 21st Century - 1790 AD? to 2050 AD)

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Milford Bridge, Derby Road, Milford, Belper, built c1790. 'The river bridge was built in 1793 by Jedediah Strutt. It is ashlar with two segmental arches and with rusticated outwaters. A parapet cantilevered out was added in 1906. '(1) Milford Bridge is a road bridge over the River Derwent. The modern deck and widening of the original bridge hides an elegant and poised earlier bridge. Two shallow arches span the river with a central pier with rounded cutwaters in dressed vermiculated rustication. It is stylistic of the early 19th century. The bridge is said to have been built by Strutt, who destroyed a crossing further south in order to force the payment of toll for use of the Milford Bridge crossing. (2) In the 13th century, there was no bridge at Milford, only a ford for horses, mules and oxen, hence it is called in Domesday Book, 'Muleford.' (3) From the National Heritage List for England: 'DERBY ROAD 1. 5167 (West Side) Milford Milford Bridge SK 3545 5/18 II 2. Circa 1790. (Not on 1787 map but on 1792 Strutt Survey, Farey says built 1790 by Strutts) (Farey J Pg 22 Vol II General View of the Agriculture and Minerals of Derbyshire). Ashlar with 2 segmental arches and rusticated cutwaters. Modern parapet cantilevered out. Listing NGR: SK3510445121.' (4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Derwent Valley Mills (DVM) Nomination Steering Panel. 2000. Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage List Nomination Document. 82, illust..
  • <2> Unpublished document: Morris, M (Mel Morris Conservation). 2004. Study to Identify Candidate Buildings for Grant Assistance and a Review of Conservation Area Boundaries, Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Bland, J. 1922. Old Duffield: Village, Church and Castle.
  • <4> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England.



Grid reference SK 35104 45121 (point)
World Heritage Site Derwent Valley Mills

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  • EDR3895

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Oct 9 2023 1:42PM

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