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Renovation of historic Hemel Hempstead landmark completed


The newly restored iron bridge in Gadebridge Park

We've completed a renovation project to restore the Grade II-listed cast iron bridge in Gadebridge Park.

The White Bridge has been restored to its former glory after a three-month project which involved addressing safety issues and repairing and repainting the historic iron work.

The bridge dates back to around 1840 when the owner of Gadebridge House, Sir Astley Paston Cooper, commissioned a bridge as the carriageway to the house passed through a ford. He arranged for a local iron founder, Joseph Cranstone, to complete the project. With its design resembling bamboo, it echoes the Chinese style popular at that time.

Gadebridge House, which was on the west side of the park, became a school in 1914. The school moved out in 1963, as part of the New Town development plan and is now Westbrook Hay School at Boxmoor. The house was demolished and Kodak built a Marketing Education Centre on the site. This was demolished in 1995 to make way for housing at Sovereign Heights.

Cllr Alan Anderson, Dacorum Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: “The White Bridge is a historic and well-loved feature in Gadebridge Park and it is fantastic to see it fully restored to its former glory.”

  • White Bridge restoration in Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead