60-year-old sign unveiled at Eastham Bridge

Alan Amos Published Thursday, 24th August 2017

A sign dating back 60 years has been fully restored and unveiled at the newly rebuilt Eastham Bridge.

The plaque, which originates from the 1950s, has been cleaned and given a fresh lick of paint and returned to its former glory and is now back in position at the entrance to the bridge off the A443.

The Grade II listed Eastham Bridge in Tenbury Wells, collapsed into the River Teme on 24 May 2016. It was fully rebuilt and opened to the public in April this year.

For centuries, Eastham has been the site of a river crossing, connecting the village to the north bank of the Teme

Councillor Alan Amos, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways, said: "This restoration of the 60 year old sign marks another great millstone in the journey of Eastham Bridge.

"This bridge is an integral part of the local community and I am delighted that everybody associated with the scheme has worked incredibly hard to get us to this point."

A blog of Eastham Crossings has also been created in order to revisit the history of Eastham Bridge.

The blog, which can be found at https://easthamcrossings.wordpress.com/ brings together stories and research from many different people to help tell the story of Eastham Bridge now and for the future. Worcestershire County Council has spoken to local people about the research they have done and heard stories about the area.

Plans are also in place for an information board detailing the history of the bridge and the ecology of the site to be installed in Eastham over the next few weeks.