River Exe Structures

Countess Weir Bridge

Bridge Name:   Countess Weir Bridge
No.:   66
Location:   LongitudeLatitude-3.49943650.696119
Build Date:   1774. 
Engineer:   Exeter Turnpike Trust
Description:   Grade II Listed structure. Limestone rubble with red sandstone arch rings and parapet coping; concrete widening faced in limestone rubble and red sandstone to harmonise with the original bridge. 6-span bridge widened on the south east downstream side. Segmental arches and wider elliptical central arch. On the piers between the arches there are cutwaters on both sides, rising up to refuges in the parapets. The Countess of Devon constructed a weir across the River Exe on this site in 1286. In 1768-9 an Act was passed authorising the bridge, which was built in 1770.