Boxted bridge is a steel-girder bridge with brick piers, which carries two-way traffic across the Stour.
The Victoria County History states that no ancient road bridge crossed the Stour into Suffolk, but a footbridge was rebuilt at Boxded Mill in 1788 by the River Stour Navigation Company Ltd. From 1895, responsibility for the bridge was taken over by Essex County Council and West Suffolk Council.
On 14 November 1896, the Bury Free Press announced that ‘the tender of Mr George Double of Ipswich was accepted for the sum of £927 to build Boxted bridge by Essex and West Suffolk County Councils’. Double was a builder of bridges and pierheads, and a contractor of public works. He constructed three bridges in the Dedham Vale: Wormingford bridge (1891), Boxted bridge (1897) and Dedham bridge (1900, demolished in the 1970s). Prior to this, he had carried out much other work, including managing the construction of Hammersmith Suspension Bridge (1887), and working for George Abernethy, engineer, building the new pierhead and landing stage on Clevedon pier (1893).
On 28 April 1897, the Evening Star reported that ‘The Boxted Bridge, which has been built by Mr George Double of Ipswich is now completed and opened for traffic, so that the road to Nayland is once more available.’
A steel girder on one of the exterior side plates on the north side of the bridge has revealed the name ‘Glengarnock Steel’. Glengarnock Ironworks in North Ayrshire, founded in 1843, pioneered the rolling of steel joists, which acquired a high reputation among structural engineers. The mark of the Consett Iron Works in County Durham, one of the largest ironworks in the world in the late 19th century, is also to be found on the bridge.
In the 1930s, the views from Boxted bridge inspired many paintings by both Sir Alfred Munnings and John Nash, and later in the 1960s by Anthony Atkinson.
In 2020, the bridge was included in the Colchester Borough Council Local List. In March 2021, an application was made to Historic England to list the bridge, which was rejected on the grounds that the bridge did not meet the necessary criteria for listing.