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Newton Cap Bridge

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Newtonbridge; Bishop Skirlaw's Bridge

In the civil parish of Bishop Auckland.
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: NZ20503026
Latitude 54.66672° Longitude -1.68325°

Newton Cap Bridge has been described as a certain Fortified Bridge.

There are major building remains.

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


Road bridge. Reputedly built for Bishop Skirlawe late C14, but probably much rebuilt. c1900 widening of road and footpaths on cantilevered girders. Original parapets remain between road and paths. Stone with ashlar dressings; iron handrails to cantileverd paths. 2 arches, the north segmental with span approx 30m, the south pointed with span approx 28m, both with 3 rings of voussoirs, the inner ones stepped back. No ribs. Pedestrian refuges above massive pointed cutwater between arches. Stone road drains at road bed level. South end probably had bridge gate, on projecting foundations which were removed from bridge abutment in alterations c1900 (Thompson 1901). Stile in east parapet south end leading to L-plan steps, flanked by stone-coped rubble walls and partly renewed, down to river bank. Restored inscription on west parapet coping near north end 'Edw. Palfrey's Leap, 1744'. (Listed Building Report)

The evidence of a gatehouse, in the form of door jambs on both side, was removed in 1900 when cantilevered footways were added to both sides of the bridge, the parapet wall was also reduced in width at that time.
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