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The navigable river Avon runs from Alveston Weir above Stratford-upon Avon, for 47 miles, winding it's way through the Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire countryside, down to Tewkesbury where it joins the river Severn.
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The original bridge was constructed in the 15th century by monks from Pershore Abbey. The central arch was enlarged by William Sandys about 1635 and the bridge was further repaired after it was damaged during the Civil War. Although Pershore Great Bridge is credited to the 15th-century monks, there had been a river crossing at the spot long before that. For records show as far back as 1290 Sir Nicolas de Mitton bequeathed the sum of one shilling for the repair of a bridge there. Sir Nicholas was not being unduly parsimonious, for a shilling then was worth rather more than today’s 5p.
Medieval multi-span bridges must have been numerous throughout England, but most have been rebuilt or replaced and less than 200 examples are now known to survive. As a rare monument type largely unaltered, surviving examples and examples that retain significant medieval and post-medieval fabric are considered to be of national importance. Despite partial demolition and the insertion of a road surface, the remains of Pershore Bridge 430m south east of Pershore Cottage Hospital survives comparatively well and contains a number of architectural features of considerable interest. Elements of the original structure will remain concealed behind later stone and brickwork and will provide important information on its construction and rebuilding.