Croome Court's bridge sections found in river-dredging

Ted Rice, Hugh Warwick and Katherine Alker from Croome's garden team at the site of the lost Chinese Bridge Ted Rice, Hugh Warwick and Katherine Alker from Croome's garden team at the site of the lost Chinese Bridge

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Parts of a Chinese-style 18th Century bridge have been found at National Trust parkland in Worcestershire.

The bridge sections were uncovered close to Croome Court near Pershore, when a river was dredged.

The bridge was built in the 1740s and once linked the parkland to Croome Court.

"The lost Chinese Bridge is one of the few missing pieces of the parkland at Croome," said garden and park manager Katherine Alker.

"It would have been an incredible sight in the landscape as it was so bright and large."

National Trust bosses now plan to recreate it using the Monument 85 Fund, a trust set up to fund restoration work in National Trust parkland.

It is hoped building work will begin in late spring next year. It is thought the bridge fell into disrepair around 100 years after it was built.

"We were really delighted but very surprised to find pieces of the original bridge in the river when it was dredged recently as we had dredged the same spot twice in 2006 and in 2003," she said.

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