This Victorian-era bridge is the earliest surviving bridge to be completely constructed of concrete in England.
The bridge spans the River Axe and joins the town of Seaton to Axmouth Harbour. The bridge is located on what is now known as Seaton Road, which also marked the beginning of the 230 mile Roman Fosseway that ended in Lincoln. The bridge is sometimes referred to as the Seaton Road Bridge or Brannon’s Bridge.
The Axmouth bridge opened in 1877 and was designed by engineer Philip Brannon. Brannon is known as a pioneer of utilizing concrete as a building material. Although composed of concrete, the bridge was designed like a work of art. Along the bridge are three segmental arches nestled atop brick and concrete supports.
When the Axmouth first opened, it operated exclusively as a toll bridge, until those requirements were abolished in 1907. The bridge then opened to vehicle traffic, which halted around 1990. The Axmouth Bridge is now designated as a Grade II structure in England. Today, it’s only open to foot traffic and offers fantastic views of the estuary and harbor.
Know Before You Go
The bridge is a short walk from Axmouth Harbour and Seaton Tramway. Limited free parking is available along the estuary towards Axmouth.