Contractors to refurbish historic Godmanchester bridge

The Chinese Bridge

The Chinese Bridge - Credit: Archant

The Chinese Bridge in Godmanchester is set to undergo refurbishment later this month.

Using a floating pontoon, contractors will start repainting the historic landmark on September 26, working from 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

The bridge has been a fixture of the town since 1827, originally designed and built by Irish architect, James Gallier who was in the area to oversee the work on Huntingdon’s prison.

Since then, the bridge has been rebuilt three times, with the first project carried out just decades after its construction in the 1860s.

A century later, it was rebuilt again with a replica by G.B. Brudenall for £1,580 on behalf of the council, before being replaced 50 years later and documented by the Porch Museum.


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Influenced by 18th Century trends, the bridge is an example of the Chinoiserie style – a French term meaning ‘Chinese-esque’ – which was popular mix of Eastern and Western design.

After building the bridge, Mr Gallier moved to America where he is also known for constructing the likes of The Second Christ Church Cathedral, Barton Academy, and Belle Helene.

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Announced by the Environment Agency, the repainting will go on until October 21.

A statement online read: “We ask for your co-operation in navigating with caution and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

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