Site of Possible Roman Bridge at Tripontium

Description of this historic site

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.

Notes about this historic site

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.

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