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Stones to protect the oak parapets

July 31, 2012

Large stones have recently been placed on the approach to the bridges to protect the new oak parapets from damage by vehicles. This great idea seems to be working and fits in very well with the surroundings…

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Week 23 – Eashing Bridges re-open

September 30, 2011

On Wednesday evening the National Trust welcomed local residents, contractors, consultants and Trust staff to the opening ceremony and to join the celebrations.
David Kennington, General Manager for the Surrey Hills Estate invited Bridget Carter-Manning, Chairman of Shackleford Parish Council to officiate in cutting the ribbon and re-open the bridge.

Cutting the ribbon

A large crowd assembled on the bridge to witness the proceedings and take the opportunity for a close up view of the conservation works.

Opening ceremony

To add a touch of theatre to the occasions the traffic signals were switched on by Tracy Stickler, Traffic Signal Engineer from Surrey County Highways.

Switching on the traffic signals

This will be my final blog and I would like to thank everyone for their support and contributions during such an interesting project. The Surrey Hills Estate will continue to look after the bridges and the surrounding area.

You can find out more about the Surrey Hills by visiting our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/NationalTrustSurreyHills

Week 22 – Finishing touches

September 22, 2011

The finishing touches are now being done in readiness for the road re-opening next Thursday. The large willow tree which stood on the river bank has been removed which has opened up the view of the bridge for approaching traffic. Early photographs and paintings indicate that no trees grew on the river bank and that this was a slipway used by wagons.

Felling of willow tree


The bridge now stands free of the temporary scaffolding.

Removal of scaffold structure in progress


A final inspection of the stonework was carried out.

Final inspection of repairs to stonework


Commissioning of the new traffic signals, signage and stop lines will be completed in time for the re-opening.

Eastern approach

Weeks 20 & 21 – New road surfacing

September 12, 2011

Today saw the tarmacadam re-surfacing of the bridge and eastern approach, which has taken the project one large step towards completion and re-opening on Thursday 29th September.

Re-surfacing of approach road and bridge


Re-surfacing eastern approach


Road prepared for new tarmacadam

Week 20 – Bridge to re-open 29th September

September 2, 2011

The project has now entered it’s last stage, with the final elements of the oak parapets and foundations nearing completion.

Oak parapets on western approach


Granite kerbstones and reinfrced concrete backing

During the next two weeks work will focus on the re-surfacing of the carriageway, landscaping of the verges and the installation of new traffic signals and control gear. Removal of the scaffolding will commence when these works are finished.

The Trust is therefore able to announce that the bridge will re-open on Thursday 29th September.

Week 19 – Foundations

August 25, 2011

Work continues on the parapets to the upstream elevation, with new foundations bases being readied for concreting within the next few days.

Inspection of foundation pits

Repairs to the brick and stone walling have been completed.

Repairs to brick and stone walling

Week 18 – Stonework repairs

August 17, 2011

The final section of damaged stonework and brick edging is nearing completion in readiness for the last of the oak beam and post combinations. Stonework damaged by the weight of heavy vehicles concentrated on the tight bend to the eastern approach is being repaired using a combination of original stone and matching stone taken from the river bed below.

Repairs to stonework


To combat the possible damage to the new kerbing from heavy vehicles a reinforced concrete beam is being cast behind the kerbstones to dissipate the force of any impact. This beam will be set below ground and covered by a combination of granite setts, stone paving and turf.

Eastern approach


Cable ducting


One problem we’ve had to overcome has been the ducting installed by Utility Companies. This was not a problem not faced by the monks of Waverely Abbey who built the bridge!