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Teston Bridge History


The Grade 1 listed bridge was constructed in the 15th century and comprises six arches of various heights and widths, the middle three of which span the river. Despite later alterations and repair work, Teston Bridge is a well preserved medieval multi-span bridge. It is a good example of its type and will retain evidence of medieval methods of construction. Deposits buried underneath the bridge will preserve artefactual, ecofactual and environmental evidence, providing information on the human and natural history of the site prior to the construction of the bridge. 


It was Grade 1 listed on 5th December 1928. More details can be found here


A memoir of Teston Bridge


by John Galston (1978)


Read here...



Teston Lock 


In 2012 a project was started to create a fish pass and canoe access at Teston Lock. Find out more here.


Further images can be found here.


Bailey Bridge at Teston


This additional temporary bridge was erected whilst the main bridge was under repair in 1976. 




The “second” bridge was a Bailey bridge opened in September 1975 for two way traffic to enable the repair of the original bridge but by January 1976 there was still no sign of the work starting on the repairs. The report of the Parish Council meeting in the April 1976 edition of Lifeline states that someone asked if the village wanted the bridge taken away which was followed by an overwhelming vote for the temporary bridge to go.


The  May 1978 edition of Lifeline said:“I am advised by the KCC Bridges Section they are of the opinion work on Teston Bridge will be completed by May 19th.”

There is a reference in the December 1978 edition to how exceptionally beautiful Teston Bridge was looking.