Bury St Edmunds Eastgate Bridge

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Bridge

There are no visible remains

NameBury St Edmunds Eastgate Bridge
Alternative Names
Historic CountrySuffolk
Modern AuthoritySuffolk
1974 AuthoritySuffolk
Civil ParishBury St Edmunds

Peter McKeague - no information other than name published on OS map from 1961 (Bruce Watson working list 2013)

'Eastgate Bridge (site of)' located at cited NGR on OS 1886. Actual bridge depicted on Warren's 1747 and Downings 1740 maps. Just to NE of present Eastgate Bridge? Construction date unknown but clearly medieval, 5 arched, form shown on pre 1832 engraving with bridge chapel, on stone piers, on south side of bridge. Removed 1840. Road widens into Broad Way to SW and house (shown on engraving?) frontage to NE splays to align with location. (Suffolk HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Seems to have had a chapel and may have had a toll keeper at some time but nothing to suggest it was fortified. Some 200ft away from the site of the East Gate and more likely to take its name from the road (Eastgate Street) rather than directly from the East Gate itself.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTL857643
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  • Smith, J.T., 1951, 'A note on the origin of the town-plan of Bury St. Edmunds' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 108 p. 161-4 online copy
  • Morant, A.W., 1873, 'On the Abbey of Bury St Edmund's' Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History Vol. 4 p. 397-402 online copy


  • Bruce Watson, 2013 Sept, Gazetteer of fortified bridges (working list kindly shared with Gatehouse)