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New Signs for Old Bridge

Thursday 16th October 2014

Following the award of £8800 from the Heritage Lottery Sharing Heritage Fund to preserve and celebrate the Medieval Bridge, Lostwithiel Town Forum has been hard at work on a number of fronts.

The physical aspects of the work on the bridge and its surrounds are well in hand. The old cast iron “Single Traffic Bridge” sign has been beautifully renovated, restoring it to its former glory.

Lostwithiel Bridge Old SsignRenovated Lostwithiel Bridge Sign

The new interpretation signs at either end of the bridge have been installed, replacing very dilapidated River Fowey road signs

Old Fowey River Sign by Lostwithiel Bridge

New Lostwithiel Bridge Interpretation Sign


These works have been carefully planned in consultation with the County's Conservation officer and Lostwithiel Museum to ensure the quality and content reflect the historical significance of the bridge. Local contractors have been engaged to carry out the work. The Town Forum are now in detailed discussions with Cornwall Council and their contractors to renovate the Victorian street-lamp on the bridge.

Further works on the areas surrounding the bridge are also planned for early next year, and we are also delighted to have the Station Garden team working with us.

The Heritage Lottery Fund encourage all projects to engage the local community in the work. The Town Forum plan to work with many different local groups in activities which celebrate the history of the bridge, further cementing its' place in the heart of our community.

Town Forum member Lindsay Southgate said  “We are pleased to have been able to support the Museum and Lostwithiel School with the Derek Taylor Award this year; and also the Garden Society Produce Show in September with a special short story competition relating to Lostwithiel Bridge. We are delighted with the involvement we have had from the young people in Lostwithiel and hope they have enjoyed the opportunity of learning more about the history of their town."