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Doncaster St Mary's Bridge

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Doncaster.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Doncaster.
1974 county of South Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE568038
Latitude 53.52834° Longitude -1.14401°

Doncaster St Mary's Bridge has been described as a certain Fortified Bridge.

There are no visible remains.


There was a house of Gray Freres at the north ende of the bridg, communely caullid the Freres Bridge, conteyning a 3. arches of stone. Here I markid that the north parte of Dancaster toune, yn the which is but litle and that mene building, standith as an isle : for Dun ryver at the west side of the towne castith oute an arme, and sone after at the este side of the town cummith into the principal streame of Dun again. There is also a great bridge of 5. arches of stone at the north ende of this isle : at the south ende of the which bridg is a great tournid gate of stone, at the west side whereof is a fair chapelle of our Lady, and therof it is caullid S. Mary Gate. At the est ende of this bridge be 2. or 3. great milles as at the water. (Leland)

If judicial responsibilities came late to the burgesses of Doncaster, responsibility for maintaining the public fabric of the borough probably dates to at least the late twelfth century. The cost of maintaining the bridge over the Don, known in time as St Mary's bridge from the dedication of the chapel that was built upon it, must have constituted a continual drain on borough resources. The bridge, originally of wood, was probably rebuilt in five arches of stone sometime after 1247 when a special three-year toll on carts using the bridge was granted to 'the good men of Doncaster'. It is likely that the bridge chapel and gate tower were integral to the new structure. Offerings at the chapel would be used to support the bridge. The new bridge was clearly in need of repair by 1279 as forty days' indulgence was granted in that year to those who contributed to its upkeep. A further royal grant of tolls for three years was made in 1311. (Goldberg 1994)

The five-arched St. Mary's Bridge was topped by a gate tower with a chantry chapel on the west side. (Buckland et al 1989)
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