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Stopham Ancient Bridge
River Arun, Stopham, West Sussex
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date  circa 1580
UK era  Tudor  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  TQ028184
ICE reference number  HEW 511
This Elizabethan stone bridge across the River Arun is the replacement for an even older timber structure on the same spot. Built of local stone, it is one of the few ancient bridges in Sussex.
The total length is 246ft, following extensions at both ends carried out in 1865, at which time a flood arch was also added to the curved west side.
The original six arches are 11ft 9in spans, with a central arch of 12ft 9in span. This was heightened by 5ft in 1822, unbalancing the look of the bridge but allowing for taller traffic on the Arun, as barges headed for the Wey Arun Junction Canal which had opened in 1816. The other, original arches are semi-circular.
The roadway is 12ft wide with nine refuges over the piers. Single lane road traffic increasingly damaged the inside of the parapet, so that a new bridge was opened in 1986, 100ft to the north of this Scheduled Ancient Monument.
reference sources   CEH South

Stopham Ancient Bridge