Monument record MDR9905 - Whatstandwell Bridge, Cromford Canal, Whatstandwell, Crich

Type and Period (2)

  • (Georgian to Victorian - 1794 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Georgian to Victorian - 1794 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

Full Description

This late 18th century canal overbridge is Grade II listed. It is constructed from coursed rubble gritstone with a single semi-circular arch. The bridge tapers in width from west to east, and has splayed abutments. The Cromford Canal was opened in 1793, its engineer being William Jessop. (1) A simple bridge constructed of local rough coursed gritstone. The string course follows the line of the deck. The bridge has a stilted arch, the parapets and battered abutments curve and splay, and it has flush half-round copings. It is wider between parapets than other Cromford Canal bridges and has longer wider curves to the parapets on the south-east and north-west sides terminating in rounded piers. The other tow piers are 'standard Cromford' square. The bridge rises from the west to the east. The line of the canal copings continues as a string course under the bridge on the offside. The towpath passes under the bridge on the west bank. Arched recesses in the bridge narrows indicate 'Brindley Gates'. The bridge was built to take the pre-existing Crich to Wirksworth Turnpike road over the canal. (2)

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. List entry number 1109170.
  • <2> Index: Mansel Architects. 2004. Cromford Canal Survey. Survey ref: 94.



Grid reference Centred SK 3325 5431 (8m by 11m) (Approximate)
World Heritage Site Derwent Valley Mills

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Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR1807

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Record last edited

Dec 21 2018 9:27AM

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