Grafton Bridge, built 1876. Rotherham

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This beautifully constructed Grade ll listed bridge was removed to save Rotherham town centre from flooding. The bridge also known as 'Don Bridge' was built in 1876 by local contractors Armstrong and Co of Brinsworth Iron & Steel Works. During the Rotherham floods of June 2007, the Grafton Bridge caused significant obstruction to the flood flow by collecting debris. This Grade II listed bridge was closed to motor vehicles in 1998 due to serious corrosion... and its removal in 2009.

 

Before removal
The Bridge before removal

 

The 'Belly' of the bridge

 

 

Bridge railings

 

 

Entrance to bridge                Decorative stone

 

 

Baluster panel

 

 

Bridge panel

 

 

'Sic Virescit Industria'

 

 

Hand

 

 

Cannons and Deers

 

 

Cast iron panels

 

In October 2009, this 133 year old piece of local history began to disappear forever. In recognition of its listed status most of the existing stone and cast iron panels were saved to be incorporated in the new layout as river bank steps and boundary fencing.

Workman

 

 

Bridge support

 

 

Workman

 

 

The remains of Grafton Bridge

 

 

Grafton Bridge

 

 

Crane

 

 

Workmen

 

 

River Don
The bridge in October 2009.

 

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