Well, l have finally had my official answer from B&NES regarding the sorry state of the stone balustrade alongside Pulteney Bridge – and regarding the crack in the stone facade to one side of this Grade 1 listed structure’s first span over the River Avon.
Here’s the statement from the Press Office.
“Pulteney Bridge is subject to regular inspections, in accordance with nationally adopted standards.
The vegetation growing on the structure will be removed in a future programme of maintenance work.
The minor crack in the shop façade was identified through the inspection regime and is subject to ongoing monitoring.”
Well, l still think it is getting wider!
It’s a shame the balustrade wasn’t subject to regular inspections too. It might have prevented the weeds from growing so well.
Pulteney Bridge was designed by Robert Adam in a Palladian style. It was completed in 1774 and connected the city with the newly built Georgian town of Bathwick.
It is one of only four such bridges in the world in having shops built across its full span on both sides.
It is one of the most iconic structures in our World Heritage city and a favourite tourist spot for taking ‘selfies’.