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The Medieval Packhorse Bridge in Aylestone is located off the western end of Marsden Lane, beyond the former railway bridge (now the Great Central Way).
The bridge is a Grade II star Listed Building, and was scheduled as a Monument on 3 September 1987. The site is within the Aylestone Village Conservation Area. Reference Number: SM00010.
The bridge is probably 15th century, with later additions and alterations. It comprises a primitive type, long narrow pack-horse bridge and causeway across a stream and swampy ground. It was originally about 200 metres long, but is now about 50 metres long. Built of stone (including granite), but repaired with brick in a number of places. Eleven arches, all small, three belonging to the causeway, and eight to the bridge proper. One or two arches slightly pointed. Some projecting cutwaters, some square, some pointed, three with refuges over. There is a parapet, but this is missing for about 20 metres, and replaced by a fence.
For further information on the Aylestone Packhorse Bridge, contact the City Archaeologist in the Design and Conservation Team