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Church Bridge

Church Bridge is a fine example of a narrow humped-back bridge, constructed of brick and stone. It is difficult to see the attractive curves from a photograph. Move your pointer over the image for a different view.

Church Bridge takes its name from St Michael's Church in Thornton. This church is at the end of the country lane linking Melbourne and Thornton via Church Bridge.

Satellite image of Church Bridge from Flash Earth (www.flashearth.com). This shows the curves of the bridge very well.








This is the view approaching Church Bridge. Most drivers approach cautiously because there is no way of knowing what is approaching.


Listed structures

The four road bridges that cross the Pocklington Canal are Grade II Listed structures and any repairs or restoration must be authorised and carried out using appropriate methods and techniques, to preserve their heritage value. With the exception of Hagg Bridge, which is much wider than the others, the bridges across the canal make it difficult for farmers to move large agricultural machinery such as combine harvesters.

Until recently the road bridges were Scheduled Ancient Monuments, which was an inappropriate level of protection.

Repairs to Church Bridge
Church Bridge was damaged by a hit-and-run driver in 2005 and carrying out repairs involved closure of the road between Thornton and Melbourne and errecting scaffolding in the canal. The work was carried out by British Waterways' contractors and cost £10,000.



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