River Brue Structures

Wyke Champflower Bridge

Bridge Name:   Wyke Champflower Bridge
No.:   14
Location:   100m south of Wyke House, Wyke Road
Build Date:   Medieval circa 15th century.

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Masonary road bridge. Probably the bridge described in a 1677 enquiry as “the ancient common bridge in Wake Champflower”, then in great decay. The bridge has no parapet only rather wooden handrails. Two pointed arches with double arch rings built of very rough masonry. 14ft wide. There is a massive cutwater on the upstream side and a buttress downstream. SCHEDULED MONUMENT:No:353041

On information that an ancient common bridge in Weeke Champflower near Brewton on the highroad from Weymouth to Bristol is in great decay ; the Court desires Peter, Bishop of Bath and Wells, Maurice, Viscount Fitzhardinge, and Robert Hunt, Thomas Wyndham, George Horner, Richard Crosse, Henry Bull, Esquires, and Thomas Holt, D.D., justices,to view the bridge before next Sessions, enquire who ought to repair it, and, if it be a county bridge, ascertain the cost of repairing it.2

References:   1.Somerset HER id =53126
2.Somerset Quarter Session Records
Also in The Ancient Bridges of the South of England by Jervoise.