Dow Bridge

Description of this historic site

Dow Bridge, a road bridge that was built during the Imperial period. It is situated 1km east of Newton.

Notes about this historic site

1 Dow Bridge, as it now exists, was built by the Road Commissioners about 1776. It consists of five brick arches, with stone quoins. Over the central arch is a stone taken from a previous bridge, on which are the words: ‘Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire’, which counties meet at this point. Leland says: ‘Where this bridge is there were two smaller ones, the wider for carriages, the lesser, evidently Roman, for foot passengers and horses.’
2 Reference 1 is inaccurate. There are two bridges. The earlier bridge is a stone and brick bridge of six arches with a date stone 1852. This bridge is now disused. The other, more modern, bridge, has one large and three smaller arches and was probably built when the road was widened.

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