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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Atcham Bridge Shields

Summary

Type Coat of Arms

     There are two relief panels in pre-cast concrete on the inner and outer sides of the bridge on the right as you cross over into Atcham. Both are identical: they show the County Arms of Shropshire (three leopards' heads separated by a W-shape containing symbols intended to represent ermine), surrounded by drapes ending in tassels held by two rosettes in the top corners and a 'crown' in the top centre, with the motto underneath. On the left hand side of the bridge as you cross over into Atcham is the bronze shield bearing the inscription. This replaces the County Arms, but the drapes and the motto still appear.
     The bridge was constructed in 1929 alongside the older stone bridge constructed by the well-known Shrewsbury architect John Gwynne in 1776. The older bridge bears the inscription THIS BRIDGE/ [illegible] ed and Exp [illegible] County/ MDCCLXXVI/JOHN GWYNNAN
    

Inscriptions

(on bronze shield on left side of bridge as you cross into Atcham) ATCHAM BRIDGE/ERECTED BY/THE SALOP COUNTY COUNCIL/OPENED/24TH OCTOBER 1929/BY/THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT/HERBERT MORRISON ESQ. M.P./CHAIRMAN OF THE SALOP COUNTY COUNCIL/LT.COL. H.H. HEYWOOD-LONSDALE D.S.O. D.L. J.P./CHAIRMAN OF THE ROADS & BRIDGES COMMITTEE/C.F.K. MAINWARING ESQ. J.P./COUNTY SURVEYOR & ENGINEER/ WILLIAM H. BUTLER (motto underneath all three shields) FLOREAT SALOPIA

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Coat of arms (x 2) Pre-cast concrete 2m square
Metal shield Bronze None
Relief panel surrounding shield Pre-cast concrete 2m square

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
SAshATxx003 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road B4380
Precise location in the centre of the bridge over the River Severn
A-Z ref SJ540093
OS ref None

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Date of design 1929
Year of unveiling 1929
Unveiling details Unveiled 24 October 1929
Commissioned by Salop County Council
Duty of care Shrophsire County Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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