Monument record MDR9964 - Gratton's Bridge, Cromford Canal, Crich Chase

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Gratton's Bridge is a Grade II canal bridge built in 1792 by William Jessop and Benjamin Outram. It is constructed from coursed squared sandstone with a single stilted semi-circular arch and parapets with rounded copings. The walls curve outwards to either side and finish in square piers. It was built as part of the Cromford Canal. (1) Gratton's bridge is a simple hump-backed bridge of local rough coursed gritstone. The string course follows the line of the deck. The bridge has a stilted arch, the deck widens at the abutments, the parapets curve and splay and finish in square piers. It has flush, round-topped copings. It is a standard Cromford Canal bridge, each of the same style and materials but adapted to local topography and use. Presumably designed by the engineers of the canal, Jessop and Outram. The origin of the name 'Gratton's' is not known. The bridge was originally built to take the through track from Toadmoor to Crich Carr. The towpath passes under the bridge on the west bank. A driveway widens above the bridge and terminates in a parking area for a modern house on the east side of the canal. (2)

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. List entry number 1311200.
  • <2> Index: Mansel Architects. 2004. Cromford Canal Survey. Feature number: 120.



Grid reference Centred SK 3453 5202 (7m by 11m) (Approximate)
World Heritage Site Derwent Valley Mills

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  • EDR1807

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Dec 21 2018 9:27AM

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