Cotswold Canals in Pictures

Ham Mill Bridge, Thrupp

The bridge and adjacent lock have been fully restored by Cotswold Canals Trust volunteers, with the towpath ramp being completed in 2020.

This a standard canal company pattern brick-built accommodation bridge across the tail of, and contemporary with, Ham Mill Lock. The bricks are handmade and of a dark red colour, laid to a fairly regular English Garden Wall bond. The bridge has a segmental arch springing from wedge-shaped stone springers and is protected by a simple projecting brick dripmould.

The wing walls are built with an inward ‘batter’ and curve outwards from the arch to end in pilaster terminals.

The parapet brickwork is contiguous with that of the wing walls and spandrels rather than being of a separate construction. The parapet is level over the arch and then slopes gently down in a straight line on the towpath side to the end of the wing walls, but on the off-side the terrain means that the parapet rises slightly; it is topped by a plain stone coping.

The parapet has been repaired and other parts of the brickwork have been patched, but the original structure remains substantially intact.

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Ham Mill Bridge, Thrupp
Ham Mill Bridge, Thrupp
Ham Mill Bridge, Thrupp
Ham Mill Bridge, Thrupp
Ham Mill Bridge, Thrupp
Ham Mill Bridge and restored towpath
Ham Mill Bridge, Thrupp
Ham Mill Bridge, Thrupp
Ham Mill Bridge, Thrupp
Ham Mill Bridge showing the towpath, towpath ramp and canal-side landing stage
Ham Mill Bridge, Thrupp
View from Ham Mill Bridge looking towards Stroud

Before Lock Restoration

Ham Mill Bridge, Thrupp
Ham Mill Bridge, Thrupp before restoration of adjacent lock
Ham Mill Bridge, Thrupp
1986 view of Ham Mill Bridge, Thrupp looking towards Chalford