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St Miles Bridge
Norwich, Norfolk
associated engineer
James Frost
date  1804
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  TG226089
ICE reference number  HEW 1125
A very early cast iron road bridge that is thought to be the oldest of its type in East Anglia. It once carried brewery traffic and was a busy thoroughfare. Nowadays its residential district location confines it to pedestrians and cyclists.
The bridge spans 36ft 2in over the River Wensum using four cast iron ribs assembled from five bolted sections. Its spandrels and parapets are solid. A spout for hoses projects from the west side.
James Frost was a local man, hailing from St Faith's Lane, Norwich. The bridge cost 1,100 to construct and has stood the test of time. It survived the 1912 flood that saw water reach the parapets.
The bridge has been restored and its full width paved in brick.
reference sources   CEH E&C

St Miles Bridge