Clumber Park's Ornamental Bridge has been restored

Restored bridge at Clumber reflected in the water

After over two years of careful planning and loving restoration since it was intentionally vandalised, the iconic Grade II* listed Ornamental Bridge at Clumber Park is now finally restored.

Back in March 2018, the stunning Ornamental Bridge at Clumber Park was damaged by a devastating incident of vandalism.

The Ornamental Bridge after a horrific incident of vandalism
The Ornamental Bridge after a horrific incident of vandalism
The Ornamental Bridge after a horrific incident of vandalism

Now we have lovingly rebuilt the bridge 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 newly constructed pillars on the restored Ornamental Bridge at Clumber are gleaming
Restored stone pillars on Clumber Bridge
The newly constructed pillars on the restored Ornamental Bridge at Clumber are gleaming

Out of adversity came opportunity, as we were 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 incident occurred.   

The restored Ornamental Bridge at Clumber is glowing in warm sunshine
Restored Clumber Bridge in sunshire
The restored Ornamental Bridge at Clumber is glowing in warm sunshine
" The morning I saw the bridge had been vandalised in such a way, it was completely heart-breaking. 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. "
- Beth Dawson, General Manager for National Trust Clumber Park
Parts of the vandalised bridge collected from the river
Parts of the vandalised bridge collected from the river
Parts of the vandalised bridge collected from the river

This wouldn’t have been possible without the skills and expertise of our partners at Rodney Melville + Partners, and Croft Building and Conservation, or the continued and overwhelming commitment of our visitors, members, volunteers and staff.

Spot the original pillars and the specially-created new ones crafted by Croft Building and Conservation
Restored stonework on Clumber Bridge with view of church spire in the background
Spot the original pillars and the specially-created new ones crafted by Croft Building and Conservation

Now that the bridge has been restored, we would love to see your new photos and memories of the bridge via #ClumberBridge or @NTClumberPark .

Memories of the Ornamental Bridge
Memories of the Ornamental Bridge
Memories of the Ornamental Bridge