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

This blog will explore the history of the crossing from archives and archaeological evidence, the environmental significance of this Site of Special Scientific Interest, and how both are informing the building works. In addition, we’ll be documenting the reinstatement of the crossing following the collapse of Eastham Bridge on 24th May 2016.

Thanks to the diligence of local historians, residents and landowners, the crossing at Eastham is very well recorded through archive material, including plans, construction/repair records and accounts.

The intention of this project is to:

  • Provide information on the progress of the building of the bridge and look at some of the issues faced in carrying out the works,
  • Explore the environmental significance of the SSSI,
  • Investigate the history of the crossing at Eastham, collating and sharing archive material and archaeological evidence, and
  • Ensure that the reinstatement of the crossing is documented in detail, adding to the archive of the site for future generations of the site.

We will be collecting a wide range of material relating to the bridge, including memories, photographs and records, as well as recording the process of construction. We will also seek to document accounts of the importance of the crossing and the impact of the bridge’s collapse on the local community.

As well as this blog we’ll be sharing our work through displays, talks and walks, and creating education resources based on the historical importance of the Teme.

If you have a story to tell or a memory to share, please get in touch.