A bridge which partially collapsed earlier this year has been added to Heritage England’s ‘at risk’ register.

Wool Bridge reopened to walkers and cyclists this week following work to repair the partial collapse. Further repairs are expected to be completed by the end of November.

But the Grade II listed structure has been added to the register, published annually by Heritage England.

A spokesman said: “Wool Bridge is the best-preserved Elizabethan bridge in Dorset. Following heavy rain at the start of this year, the bridge collapsed. It was placed on the Heritage at Risk Register and we have been working with Dorset County Council Engineering Team in advance of the repairs, which should be completed later this year.

“A ‘Wullebrigg’ is first documented in 1244 and the first record of a bridge crossing the river Frome here is in 1343, although the current structure dates for the most part to the 16th century. One positive to come out of the damage and subsequent repairs will be the opportunity to record archaeology around the structure, which we hope may uncover material from an earlier bridge, and potentially artefacts lost during the centuries local people have used this place as a crossing point.”

But the register does contain good news for Dorset, as it states that good progress has been made on the Tolpuddle Chapel.

At least four of the six Tolpuddle Martyrs are known to have worshipped here and a scheme for its repair is being carried out by a trust, as well as plans to bring the chapel into use as a facility for the community.

Listed building consent was approved in the summer of 2018 and funding is now being sought from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the delivery of this project.

John Ette, Heritage at Risk Principal in the South West, said: “Over the past 20 years we have used the Heritage at Risk Register to highlight places in need of care and attention. We have dedicated time, expertise and money to bring cherished places back into use and we are proud to have played our part in saving them from neglect. Despite the successes, other places continue to fall into disrepair. They have been added to this year’s Register and we will focus our attention on them in the years ahead.”

This year 101 entries have been removed from the Register, while 49 entries have added because of concerns about their condition.