Alum Scar Bridge, Samlesbury, Lancashire
Conservation and transformation project
OUR WORK HERE
The present-day bridge over Alum Brook is a 19th century replacement of the original. The crossing was an important route used by the local alum mining industry – a vital component in the dyeing industry.
Unfortunately, the core of the Grade II listed structure had been filled with alum when originally constructed. This material was dissolving away, leaving voids, and the bridge was in danger of collapse.
Stone Edge took down the bridge, stone by stone, to the arch barrel. The stones were numbered and the bridge re-constructed with every stone in exactly the same position and orientation.
WORKS INCLUDED:
  • Dismantling of bridge with full record of every stone’s position
  • Excavation of original core material
  • Re-building of structure using original stone and lime mortar
  • Metalwork and handrails
  • Cobble setts
Client:
Lancashire County Council
Architect:
Lancashire County Council
Location:
Samlesbury, Lancashire
Duration:
5 months
Start:
April 2015
Completion:
September 2015

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