Sutton Packhorse Bridge, Bedfordshire
With two pointed arches over the Potton Brook, a tributary of the Great Ouse, this bridge links the village of Sutton to its church.
Period of construction:
1000 - 1599
Transport Trust plaque:
High Street, Sutton, Sandy, bedfordshire SG19 2
The first bridges were probably of felled trees lain across the river (Stockbridge and Trowbridge both refer to tree trunk bridges) and then of worked timber.
In the middle of Sutton between the church and the main village, the Sutton Packhorse Bridge is a small two arch construction crafted from local sandstone sometime in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. The bridge is believed to be the only surviving bridge of its type in the county. Originally only pedestrians and packhorses had the right of way but over time this was extended to include cyclists.
The bridge was part of one of the most frequented packhorse routes from the south to the north, and was also situated on an important trade route to wool towns such as Dunstable and Bedford.
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How To Find:
By Road: The main road through Sutton crosses the stream at a ford beside the bridge. This road is a turning east ward off the B 1040 Road from Potton to Biggleswade.
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