Upper Arley Bridge

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Bridge

There are no visible remains

NameUpper Arley Bridge
Alternative Names
Historic CountryWorcestershire
Modern AuthorityWorcestershire
1974 AuthorityHereford and Worcester
Civil ParishUpper Arley

Medieval bargate and bridge over the River Severn depicted on Speed's map of circa 1610. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

PastScape cites correspondence from L.F. Chitty as the source for this reference. Gatehouse can not see this feature of the copies of Speed's map available online and while that map does portray some crossing points (? bridges) it is not of a resolution or form to suggest the portrayal of a bargate. PastScape locates this at grid reference SO754809. The obvious crossing point is at SO765801, in Upper Arley village but, while there is a modern footbridge, the crossing point here was a ferry, not a bridge. No mention is made of a bridge in the VCH parish history of Upper Arley but the ferry is recorded as mentioned in the C14 and in 1602. At the scale of most of these early maps it is entirely possible the bridge at Bewdley, 5km south, is what is portrayed. Otherwise presumably what Lily Chitty was describing, based on a different early map (? that of Christopher Saxton) was a simple bar gate controlling access to the ferry of Upper Ardley. However, until it is certain as to what Chitty was referring too, the record can not be entirely dismissed.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO765801
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  • Bruce Watson, 2013 Sept, Gazetteer of fortified bridges (working list kindly shared with Gatehouse)