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Dunham Bridge is a toll bridge across the River Trent in England. It spans the border between the administrative counties of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire to the west and east respectively. It forms part of the A57 road, in the section between the Great North Road and Lincoln. It takes its name from the nearby village of Dunham-on-Trent.


Until the bridge was built and opened in 1832, the crossing of the river was by Dunham Ferry. In 1814, the fare was reported at half a crown.[1]

The bridge was established in the 1830s, under the powers of the Dunham Bridge Act 1830,[2] when a group of local businessmen organised the original four-span, cast-iron construction[3][4] by the civil engineer, George Leather (1786-1870).[5]

River Trent flooded (from Dunham Bridge) 1977

The superstructure was rebuilt on its original piers in 1977-79 to trunk road standards.[3][4] A new toll plaza was opened in 1994 by the Right Honourable Mr. Michael Dennis, doubling the number of lanes through the booths from two to four.[3] During the rebuilding, a temporary bridge was built with single lane usage, controlled with temporary traffic signals.


The tolls were last increased in 2013.[6] Tariffs are regulated by the Department for Transport.[7] Passage is free at all times for pedestrians, cyclists, motor-cyclists and three-wheeled invalid carriages. On Christmas Day and Boxing Day, passage is free for all traffic.[8]

Dunham Bridge has been closed three times due to flooding: once in 2001, the second occasion during the last week of December 2012 and the third in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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