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TitleOfWork: coats of arms on Chantry Bridge
DescriptionOfPhoto: corporate seal of Rotherham
DateOfCreation: 1930
Dimensions: Height: 130; Width: 88 cm
Medium: sandstone
Location: Chantry Bridge
AtoZReference: p.78 2D
Street: Bridge Street
TownOrVillage: Rotherham
AreaInTown: Town Centre
MetropolitanBorough: Rotherham
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: r027c
Location: On the three pillars at either ends of the bridge. The fourth corner is occupied by a chapel. One of only three bridge chapels still in existence in England (the others are in Wakefield and at St Ives, Cambs.).

Description: The bridge has three pillars, two on one bank, one on the other. Each is capped by a gable. On the gable end of each, facing the river, are carved coats of arms. On the Town Centre side is the corporate seal of Rotherham, on the other bank are the arms of Archbishop Thomas Rotherham (15th Archbishop of Canterbury) and the Earl of Effingham.

Commission: The old bridge with its chapel was part demolished and part restored in 1930. It was connected to a new bridge which was built to accommodate modern traffic and it is this that has the coats of arms on it.

According to an onsite brass plaque:
' CHANTRY BRIDGE / opened by April 28th 1930 by / Herbert Morrison Esquire M.P. / Minister of Transport
This Bridge was opened by the Corporation / of Rotherham in substitution for the ancient / Bridge built prior in 1485 A.D. The 15th. / Century Bridge and the Chantry are restored to / their original condition
Ald. E. Cruikshanks J.P. (Mayor) Coun. John Dickinson J.P. (Chairman Improvement and Property Committee / Chas. L. Des Forges (Town Clerk) Vincent Turner M.Inst.C.E. (Borough Engineer) '

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