Site Event/Activity record ESF20633 - Bridge at Sibton Abbey, Sibton

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Location Bridge at Sibton Abbey
Grid reference Centred TM 3631 6964 (10m by 15m)
Map sheet TM36NE



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


Not recorded.



An 18th century bridge and the remains of its medieval predecessor were recorded at Sibton Abbey, Sibton. The bridge stands within private grounds and provides access across the River Yox to the site of the ruined Cistercian abbey. The abbey ruins are Grade-II listed and a Scheduled Ancient Monument but the bridge itself stands outside the designated monument area. The wing of the bridge on the upstream south bank has recently collapsed, exposing the soil core of the bridge abutment, and seriously endangering the bridge's future. The current bridge was built in 1770 by John Freston Scrivener Esq. to replace that which was built as part of Sibton Abbey. The bridge would have been visible from the house which the Scrivener family had had built on the site of the abbey during the first half of the 17th century. Hodskinson's map of Suffolk (1783) shows the river swollen to a wider body of water and the design of the new bridge would have been constructed to contribute to this enhanced vista. The bricks within the earlier bridge suggest that it is medieval, and was constructed probably during the 12th or 13th century, a time when the clausteral buildings were also being remodelled using a similar brick; however the lack of any evidence of a defining architectural style makes the bridge remnant impossible to date with absolute confidence. The medieval bridge abutment has been described, erroneously, as part of a monastic hospital on the first edition OS (HER no. SBT 001). Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous Not known, Future Not known Associated Identifiers: Sitecode SBT 034 HER event no. SBT 034 NMR No. 1527613 Project Type: Building Recording Methods and Techniques: Photographic Survey, Survey/Recording Of Fabric/Structure, Measured Survey Reason for Investigation: Recorded at the request of English Heritage as the structure was at risk Site status: None Current Land use: Transport and Utilities 2 - Other transport infrastructure Monument Type(s)/Period(s): BRIDGE Post Medieval , BRIDGE Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): NONE None PROJECT LOCATION Area 100.00 Square metres Grid Reference: TM30788324 Point PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: English Heritage Design originator: Robert Parkinson Director/Manager: David Gill Supervisor: David Gill DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: other Media: Images raster / digital photography, Survey, Text PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: other Media: Notebook - Excavation, Research, General Notes, Plan, Report, Survey, Unpublished Text BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: Bridge and Sibton Abeey, Sibton SBT 034 Author(s)/Editor(s): Gill, D. Other Bibliographic Details: SCCAS Report No. 2010/156 Date: 2010 Issuer/Publisher: SCCAS Place of Issue or Publication: Bury St Edmunds Description: A4, ring bound, white cover

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Gill D,. 2010. Bridge at Sibton Abbey, Sibton, SBT 034.

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

  • Bridge at Sibton Abbey, Sibton (Med) (Monument)
  • Bridge at Sibton Abbey, Sibton (PMed) (Monument)

Record last edited

Dec 3 2010 6:07PM

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