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York Layerthorpe Bridge

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Leirfordbrigende; Laterop Postern; Peasholme Green Postern

In the civil parish of York.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of York.
1974 county of North Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire Ainsty & York.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE60855209
Latitude 53.96133° Longitude -1.07404°

York Layerthorpe Bridge has been described as a probable Fortified Bridge.

There are no visible remains.


Reference to 'Leirfordbrigende' in 1341 suggests that the bridge was preceded by a ford, but the bridge existed by 1309 at the latest. It had three arches in Leland's time. In 1556 £14 14s. 3 d. was spent on the bridge, which was repaired again in 1570. Having been destroyed during the siege of 1644, the bridge was replaced by a temporary crossing of planks and rails in April 1646, and it was not substantially repaired until 1656 when the middle arch was rebuilt. After the passing of the Act of 1793, the Foss Navigation Company constructed a new central arch, and the responsibility for the disrepair of the bridge was in dispute between the corporation and the company in 1815 and again in 1828. In February 1829 it was reported that the Foss Navigation Company's enlargement of the central arch had so damaged the structure that a complete rebuilding was desirable; this was carried out by the corporation in 1829, the new bridge being designed by Peter Atkinson the younger. It was a wider structure than the previous bridge and its erection involved the removal of Layerthorpe Postern which had stood at the southwest end of the bridge. The bridge was widened in 1926 and has not been altered since. (VCH)

Recorded by Harrison et al as a fortified bridge but arguably a large postern gate (possible with a portcullis) within the York City Wall that lead directly onto an unfortified bridge over the river Foss. Certainly the bridge, per se was not defensible in 1644 when it was destroyed by the defenders in the Civil War siege of York.
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