Site of Possible Roman Bridge at Tripontium
The possible site of a Roman bridge associated with the Roman settlement of Tripontium. The site is located on the line of the Roman road, Watling Street, 800m south west of Shawell.
1 During quarrying operations in the 1920s and 1930s (see PRN 5324) a roughly constructed pavement of drift rubble and lias limestone was brought to light about 9.1m from the brook and at a depth of 1.37m. Later, during the construction of a dam, several stone blocks were found, which were possibly the foundations of an early bridge.
3 This bridge lies directly on the projected line of Watling Street.
4 Archaeological observations found no evidence for the Roman bridge, nor for any other structure earlier than the existing bridge built in 1912.