Bridge over the River Gipping

Our next big project is to replace the old bridge across the river that was originally used to transfer the towing path between Pipps Ford and Baylham from south west  to north east. The path needed to cross over so the horse would be on the correct side to negotiate the lock further downstream at Baylham. The original bridge deck disappeared many years ago so when the new long distance footpath was created between Stowmarket and Ipswich in the 1970’s it could not follow the route of the original towpath at this point but had to run alongside the railway line.

The original bridge abutments

The Trust has the permission of the current land owners for a permissive footpath that retraces the route of the old towpath.  We will also need to put the bridge back in its original location. Fortunately, the original abutments can still be used subject to the structural engineer’s recommendations being carried out.

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The trust has received numerous contributions of financial support and letters of support from local parish councils, charities and other organisations directly towards the reinstatement of the footbridge just upstream of Baylham.

Great Blakenham Parish Council

Considerable financial support towards the footbridge.

Barham Parish Council

Financial support and a great page on their website about the footbridge

Stowmarket and District Lions Club

Considerable financial support towards the footbridge.

Further Parish and local support letters received.

Kevin Thomas – Chairman Baylham Parish Meeting

“I would like to hereby express the support of Baylham Parish Meeting for this important local project. Through the completion of a new bridge and the subsequent redirection of the footpath, both visitors and the local population will derive a much enhanced experience of this delightful walk along the river.”

Barham Parish Council

“are delighted to support the River Gipping Trust.

Alasdair Ross Cllr – Rushmere Ward

“I fully support your aim to build a new bridge, it would be great to finish with a river walk with full access from Ipswich station to the source of the river, and your project is an important part of that aim.

Stowmarket and District Lions Club.

“The Club agreed to donate £500 to help with your work on the footbridge near Baylham. Our discussion emphasised the respect for all of your efforts and the work you are all doing.”

Great Blakenham Parish Council.

“Councillors unanimously agreed that they fully supported the project as it will greatly improve access to the riverside walk which a large number of local people use. Councillors agreed that they wish you well in your fundraising and as a tangible sign of support for the project, they unanimously agreed to make a donation of £1000.00 to the costs of the work”.

Creeting St Mary Parish Council

“council members are in support of the project” to reinstate the bridge upstream of Baylham.

Cllr Edward J J Phillips ACII, Ipswich Borough Councillor – Bixley Ward.

“your project looks worthy and very exciting. Your project should make the area more accessible, especially for Ipswich residents who may not be aware of the secret and serene beauty of this part of the Gipping, where they can take advantage of the countryside so close to the town but feeling like it is a completely different world to relax in and breathe in fresh air.”

Ipswich Ramblers

“We would like to show our support for the project. An improvement in footpaths here would be welcome. The paths are subject to water logging, uneven underfoot and rather close to the railway line. All three reasons cry out for any improvement on offer.”

The trust also have 6 local Councils as members of the Trust

Needham Market Town Council
Gt Blakenham PC
Claydon & Whitton PC
Lt Blakenham PC
Sproughton PC
Creeting PC

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