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Durham Framwellgate Bridge

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Old Bridge; Framagate

In the civil parish of Durham.
In the historic county of Durham.
Modern Authority of Durham.
1974 county of County Durham.
Medieval County of County Palatinate of Durham.

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ27244243
Latitude 54.77605° Longitude -1.57804°

Durham Framwellgate Bridge has been described as a certain Fortified Bridge.

There are masonry footings remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


Bridge. Early C15 replacement for early C12 bridge; widened early C19. Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings: 2 wide elliptical arches on south side have 3 chamfers; central cutwater; iron cladding on springing at east end on outer ribs. 7 square ribs. Further cutwater on land at east end, and one land arch visible. Bands at road bed level, dipping to stone drains. Renewed parapet has chamfered coping. 3 C20 cast iron lamps on parapet at each side with founder's mark Bromford Tube Co. (Listed Building Report)

A quarter of a mile below the weir the river is crossed by Framwellgate Bridge, or the Old Bridge, as it was called in mediaeval times to distinguish it from the later Elvet Bridge. This bridge was originally built by Flambard in 1120, but it was swept away by a flood in 1400. For a time a crossing was maintained by a ferry boat, but the present bridge was built in the 15th century by Bishop Langley (1406–37) and was widened in the early part of the 19th century. It consists of two arches, each of 90 ft. span, and was formerly fortified by towers and gates at each end. (VCH)

This is part of the defences of Durham. It is the site of the tower and gate on Framwellgate Bridge. A wall connected the gatehouse to the city wall. The gatehouse was probably strengthened in 1315 and demolished in 1760. (Keys to the Past D1215)
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