Building record MDR16471 - Bull Bridge, off Ripley Road, Bullbridge

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A Grade II listed bridge and retaining walls built in 1837 for the North Midland Railway. It has a renewed deck dating to the first half of the 20th century. Bull Bridge forms part of a series of railway structures built for the North Midland Railway Company between 1837 and 1840 that were designed by George Stephenson, one of the most important and influential railway engineers, and who was aided by Frederick Swanwick, the company's resident engineer. The line is considered to be amongst the best-preserved examples of the pioneering phase of railway development in England, and retains many of its original engineering structures, of which this is an example. The impressive aesthetic quality of Bull Bridge far exceeds its functional and structural requirements, and it demonstrates the consistently high quality design and careful stone detailing of the railway structures completed for the North Midland Railway. Whilst the repair of the bridge has resulted in some loss of original fabric, the replaced span is a comparatively small element in what is an otherwise extensive structure. The 20th century steel span is excluded from the listing. See list description for more details. (1)

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  • <1> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. NHLE No. 1417626.



Grid reference Centred SK 3587 5217 (12m by 12m)

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Dec 21 2018 9:27AM

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