Atcham Bridge Shields
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
(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
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