Duke Bridge, Maxstoke
Duke Bridge which dates from the Post Medieval period. It is situated 600m south east of Duke End.
1 The stone bridge of 5 round arches with V-shaped cutwaters, is probably of the 17th century.
3 The bridge is of red sandstone ashlar. There are V-shaped refuges on the parapet. The bridge has been widened with concrete to the N, but resurfaced to match the original S side. The upper courses appear to be stone reused from the original N face of the bridge.
4 Photographed in 1977.
5 A few yards above Duke Bridge “can be seen the bases of the piers of a narrow packhorse bridge leading to a stone causeway, now overgrown”.
A low grass covered bank at SP 2163 8819 may represent the stone causeway. If so, the bridge site must have been at SP 2168 8816. This agrees with the V.C.H. description, but no pier bases can be seen there.