The coping stones of both sides of the bridge are decorated with fish that cascade into a waterfall and head for the stream below. A few are swimming in the water beneath. This is intended to represent fish returning to the brook under the bridge following its rebuilding as part of a local flood defence scheme around Lyme Brook. To the left of the main design, the roundel containing the inscription is surrounded by a fish and ripples of water.
The National Rivers Authority launched a competition to find ways of improving the appearance of the bridge upon its completion, and this was won by the artist, Ian Randall. The design was executed by local builders Craig Stevens and Graham Stokes.
on roundel to left of main design: THE/RETURN/BY/IAN RANDALL/1995
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