The Four Bridges shown on these pages illustrate another aspect of our work.
Forge Bridge is privately owned and required a substantial amount of work because the river had washed out the internal fill to the North Abutment. Coffer dams were built within the river before the pressure pointing of part of the face work, below the water line, could be carried out. In addition, extensive gravity grouting of the core was undertaken and a certain amount of repointing and plastic repairs were also executed in order to enhance the beauty of the structure, as well as maintaining it as a vital artery of the farm in which it stands.
The Mathematical Bridge at Wightwick Manor is a timber structure erected in 1949 and is so named because it is a copy of the Mathematical Bridge at Queens College, in Cambridge. It was in need of substantial timber repairs which were carried out in conjunction with some metal bracing. Various safety features have also been introduced, enabling the public to have full access.
Castle Bridge is also privately owned and required major structural repairs to the brick vaulting of the arches, stonework facings and the external stone cornice which is an outstanding feature of this bridge.The road surface of the bridge has now been cobbled and has two natural flag stone wheel tracks running along its length. All the work was carried out using a lime rich mortar and the whole structure now looks more as it was intended, in the 18th Century.
The Chinese Bridge is a new bridge, made for another private client. The traditional construction is entirely of English oak, the sections being manufactured in our workshops and assembled on site.This bridge adds great interest to a woodland walk.