'Pike Bridge', Eastington

'Pike Bridge', Eastington

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Concrete bridge. Built 2005 to carry roadway over the Stroudwater Canal. Joint venture between 'Cotswold Canals Trust' and 'Stroud District Council'. Shuttered reinforced 'in situ' concrete construction with feature 'keyhole' recesses in parapets. Capped piers at ends of the short parapet; and at intermediate points and the ends of the long parapet. Two weathered bronze plaques describe constructors and financiers of the new bridge. Brown brick and stone walls to canal lock. Tow paths continue under bridge by way of two flights of weathered stone steps. Portals of bridge are arched on one side; rectilinear on the lock side. Pike Bridge was originally constructed in about 1777 to carry the turnpike road to Eastington over the tail of Pike Lock on the Stroudwater Navigation canal. When first built, it was a traditional humpback brick bridge. #bridge #Eastington
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