Brocket Hall bridge damage caused by golf buggy accident

PUBLISHED: 10:35 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:00 21 August 2018

Damage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOO

Damage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOO

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A golf buggy driver fell unconscious and crashed into the historic Grade II-listed bridge at Brocket Hall this weekend, the stately home has confirmed.

Damage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOODamage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOO

Director Michael Longshaw confirmed that there were no major injuries, and told the WHT: “Accidents happen.

“We’ve made sure everybody is safe and that’s all I’m concerned about.

“The next step is to get the bridge fixed properly and make sure everybody involved is happy.”

The buggy crash has damaged a section of the side of the bridge.

Damage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOODamage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOO

The palladian bridge, designed by English architect James Paine, has stood since the 1700s and is part of a much-loved public right of way on the private estate.

The cost of the damage has not yet been calculated.

The bridge had already been labelled “at risk” by English Heritage in 2012, although it had not been escalated to a high-risk status.

Mr Longshaw confirmed that the bridge is inspected annually and that a Historic England officer - the new body listing the bridge - will be visiting in the next couple of days.

Damage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOODamage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOO

The WHT has approached Historic England for comment.

Mr Longshaw denied that the damage was worsened by the “at risk” status of the bridge.

“The implication is that is wasn’t fundamentally safe, but if you run anything into a bridge that was built in the 1700s it may cause some damage and that’s what’s happened.”

Damage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOODamage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOO

Damage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOODamage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOO

Brocket Hall seen through the Paine Bridge. Picture: DANNY LOOBrocket Hall seen through the Paine Bridge. Picture: DANNY LOO

Damage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOODamage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOO

Damage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOODamage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOO

Damage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOODamage to the Paine Bridge on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: DANNY LOO

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