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Upper Arley Bridge

In the civil parish of Upper Arley.
In the historic county of Worcestershire.
Modern Authority of Worcestershire.
1974 county of Hereford and Worcester.
Medieval County of Worcestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO765801
Latitude 52.41889° Longitude -2.34680°

Upper Arley Bridge has been described as a Fortified Bridge although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Medieval bargate and bridge over the River Severn depicted on Speed's map of circa 1610. (PastScape)

PastScape cites correspondence from L.F. Chitty as the source for this reference. Gatehouse can not see this feature of the copies of Speed's map available online and while that map does portray some crossing points (? bridges) it is not of a resolution or form to suggest the portrayal of a bargate. PastScape locates this at grid reference SO754809. The obvious crossing point is at SO765801, in Upper Arley village but, while there is a modern footbridge, the crossing point here was a ferry, not a bridge. No mention is made of a bridge in the VCH parish history of Upper Arley but the ferry is recorded as mentioned in the C14 and in 1602.
At the scale of most of these early maps it is entirely possible the bridge at Bewdley, 5km south, is what is portrayed. Otherwise presumably what Lily Chitty was describing, based on a different early map (? that of Christopher Saxton) was a simple bar gate controlling access to the ferry of Upper Ardley. However, until it is certain as to what Chitty was referring too, the record can not be entirely dismissed.
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