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Skew Arch, Yeovil

Skew Bridge, Yeovil Skew Arch, Yeovil, photographed on 8th August 2009.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

This bridge, built for the London & South Western Railway and brought into use in 1860, spans Newton Road, a short distance west of Yeovil Junction. It has a single round-headed skewed arch. The bridge is of rock-faced stone, probably from Chilmark, with a red brick soffit to the arch. The rusticated voussoirs are smooth-faced and the key stone projects slightly. There are battered pilasters either side of the arch.

The impost and winding course of Skew Bridge, Yeovil.

photograph by Gregory Beecroft

Skew Bridge, Yeovil

The stones forming the impost have a saw-toothed upper edge in order to accept the brickwork forming the soffit.

The design and construction of this most attractive bridge must have required considerable skill. The structure was listed, grade II, in 1984.

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