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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1055124



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Shropshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Atcham


District: Shropshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Wroxeter and Uppington

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 29-Jan-1952

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 259232

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ATCHAM C.P. SJ 50 NE 6/7 B4380

Tern Bridge

29.1.52 GV II* Road bridge. Dated 1780 and signed by William Hayward, but also attributed to Robert Mylne of 1774; widened to the south in 1932. Grey sandstone ashlar. Single wide segmental arch with banded rusticated soffit and voussoirs with triple keystone consisting of fluted keys flanking central carved face; abutments with rusticated Tuscan half-columns flanking arched niches; continuous frieze, cornice, and balustraded parapet, breaking forward over abutments; curved retaining walls with square end piers and battered buttresses. Secondary retaining walls also added circa 1932. Lugged half-H panel in centre of parapet inscribed: "THIS BRIDGE/was erected at the Expense of the County/A.D. MDCCLXXX/ and decorated at the Expense of/Noel Hill Esq/WILLIAM HAYWARD ARCHITECT"; smaller plates record that the bridge was: "WIDENED 1932 BY/THE REINFORCED CONCRETE/CONSTRUCTION CO LTD/OLD TRAFFORD MANCHESTER".

In his Red Book of 1797-88 Humphry Repton suggested making the bridge more monumental, which appears to have involved adding an arch to the east, but this was not carried out. H.M. Colvin refers to an inscription on the central (sic) arch recording that the bridge was "the last Edifice erected by that ingenious Architect William Hayward" but his was not visible at time of survey (January 1985). Pevsner (B.o.E.) however attributes the design to Robert Mylne (1733-1811). Comparison with the small bridge in Attingham Park (q.v.) which is attributed to Hayward suggests that the more elegant and sophisticated Tern Bridge is by Mylne but construction may have been supervised by Hayward. This entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 23 March 2017.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Colvin, H , A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, (1995), 410, 571-77
Cornforth, J et al, Attingham Park, (1981), 24, 33
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Shropshire, (1958), 66-7
Hobbs, J L, 'The Hayward Family of Whitchurch' in The Shropshire Magazine, , Vol. 2, (1960), 21

National Grid Reference: SJ5525609312


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