Repair work to stone built clapper bridge
Posted: 9th October 2010
Mickla Bridge, Alvington, Gloucestershire, GL15 6BH
Repair work to restore an important historic structure at risk of collapsing has been completed, after a number of organisations have provided vital funding.
Mickla Bridge, located on the Colne Brook on the border between the parishes of Alvington and Woolaston in the Forest of Dean, suffered substantial damage after heavy rain in late 2009.
The bridge is a stone built clapper bridge dating back to the 17th or 18th century and the repairs have re-used stone from the bridge and created new concrete foundations under the plinth in order to ensure the future stability of the structure.
The funding has been provided by The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, English Heritage and Gloucestershire County Council Public Rights of Way team. The Archaeology Service at Gloucestershire County Council has carried out the essential repair works to the historic structure.
The grant funding raised by the Archaeology Service was able to save this locally important historic structure for future generations and ensure the continued use of the public footpath which crosses the bridge.
The success of the scheme has been acknowledged by a nomination for a Campaign to Protect Rural England award.