Moulton Packhorse Bridge
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The bridge spans a distance of just over 20 metres (65 feet), with four pointed arches. The moniker 'packhorse bridge' may not be strictly correct, as it is wide enough to take cart traffic as well as horses.
The bridge looks rather odd today, as the river has diminished in size over the centuries and now runs under a paved area, so the bridge appears to be a raised arch over the tarmac. When you see it from the side, however, you realise what a lot of work must have gone into creating the 4-arch spans.
The advantage of having the bridge rest on pavement is that you can actually walk directly under the brick arch spans and see the construction from beneath!
The arches were built by first creating a framework of timber to outline the shape and support brick construction. Once the bricks had been laid in place the supports, or 'formers', were removed. This style of building pointed arches went out of use by the end of the 15th century.
There is no dedicated parking area, but I found it easy to park in the village and stroll to the bridge, which is signposted. I didn't see any information panels on the site, which would have been helpful to learn more about the bridge's history.
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About Moulton Packhorse Bridge
Address: Gazeley Road, Moulton, Suffolk, England, CB8 8SP
Attraction Type: Historic Building - Bridge
Location: In Moulton village on the minor road towards Gazeley, off the B1085.
Website: Moulton Packhorse Bridge
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Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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