Clumber Park – Work has now been completed to restore the iconic Grade II* listed Ornamental Bridge at National Trust Clumber Park, following the heart-breaking incident of intentional vandalism back in March 2018.
The bridge has been lovingly rebuilt using sections of the original stonework recovered from the River Poulter beneath it, as well as specially created stone provided by Croft Building and Conservation.
The historic bridge at the site was damaged sometime 3 March 2018 then on Monday 12 March, a car struck the bridge and the Bunk House as set alight while around eight people were sleeping inside.
But out of adversity came opportunity, as the National Trust was able to carry out other vital essential work to areas of the bridge whilst restoration was underway, thanks to the funds raised by supporters since the vandalism occurred.
“The morning I saw the bridge had been vandalised in such a way, it was completely heart-breaking.” said Beth Dawson, General Manager for National Trust Clumber Park.
“Over the 200+ years the bridge has been standing proudly at Clumber Park, people have made their own precious memories there, from sharing time with family to proposals and engagements. After over two years of careful planning and meticulous restoration, we are overjoyed to be able to see our Ornamental Bridge looking at its glorious best again.
“This wouldn’t have been possible without the skills and expertise of Rodney Melville + Partners, and Croft Building and Conservation, or the continued and overwhelming commitment of our visitors, members, volunteers and staff. We would love to see your new photos and memories of the bridge via #ClumberBridge or @NTClumberPark online.”
To find out more about the Ornamental Bridge restoration, please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clumber-park-ornamental-bridge-restored