Little Packington Bridge

Description of this historic site

Little Packington Bridge, a road bridge dating from the Post Medieval period. It is situated 250m east of Brook Farm.

Notes about this historic site

1 Over the river Blythe near Little Packington is a packhorse bridge of C17 date. This carries the track which crosses the N part of Packington Park.
2 Although at first sight an early packhorse bridge, it is of a much later period, not earlier than the C17. This formerly carried the main road from Meriden to Coleshill, but Lord Aylesford diverted it in 1761.
3 Listed Building List.
4 This late Medieval bridge has 4 arches over the Blythe and 2 flood arches in the approach. The latter and 1 of the main arches remain, the rest was carried away by flood in about 1900, and was repaired in timber. The cutwaters have splayed tops starting from the path level. The parapets are comparatively modern, the width of the path 1.37m between. It has been a good deal repaired from time to time. 1983: There is a stone abutment with a half round 3.3m span arch and pier with V-shaped cutwaters each side. The rest of the river is spanned by a modern aluminium bridge erected by Warwicks CC. Beyond the embankment there are 2 flood arches with 1 pier with cutwaters and then another embankment pierced by Staffordshire brick tunnel openings. Cracks are evident in places.
5 Scheduling map.