The western section of the old three section Iford bridge is late 18 Century. Ashlar 4 round-headed arches with piers standing on mud islets, cornice above and parapet with coping. Cut waters between arches with recessed circular panels above them on the south side of bridge. The threee sections were built entirely of Purbeck Stone. Before the three bridges were built, the river was very wide ad an island was in the middle, known in ancient times as an "eye", there was also a shallow portion which was known as the ford or crossing point. As the town developed and the bridges wew built the name "eye" and "ford" became Iford as it is today.