Bridge on the Grand Union canal at Cosgrove in Northamptonshire

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Cosgrove bridge on the Grand Union Canal, built about 1800 is in dressed limestone in the Gothic style. The arch has blank cusped panels and semi-octagonal buttresses with quatrefoil frieze on either side. In1800 the two halves of the Grand Junction Canal met here. Construction began at Brentford in Middlesex and Braunston, Northamptonshire. It is said that a certain Colonel Solmons, 'Lord of the Manor', agreed to the cutting of the canal on condition that he was allowed to erect the necessary bridge. However the Lord of the Manor at this time was George Biggin Esq., whose residence, Cosgrove Priory, is in sight of the bridge. This may explain the bridge's unusually ornamental appearance. This is Bridge 65 on the canal and variouxly known as Samson's Bridge, Soman's Bridge or the Ornamental Bridge. It is now Grade II listed.