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Gallox Bridge

Hob Uid: 36854
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Dunster
Grid Ref : SS9895143212
Summary : Gallox Bridge is packhorse bridge, reputed to have been built in the 15th century, which spans the River Avill on the southern outskirts of Dunster. It was also formerly referred to as Gallows Bridge, Gallocks Bridge, Gallocksbrigge or Doddebrigge in the primary sources- indicating the presence of a nearby gallows. It has a roadway width of 1.2 metres, a total width of 1.9 metres and is 13.5 metres long. It has two arches which are slightly pointed and have double arch rings. The bridge leads to a causeway skirting a ford on the north side. The bridge would have carried packhorse traffic involved in the wool trade. It is still used as a public footbridge, and is a survivor of the simple type of stone bridge to be found in the West Country and elsewhere. The bridge is in the care of English Heritage.
More information : [SS 9895 4321] Gallox Bridge [NR] (1)

Gallox Bridge, Dunster, on the River Avill, is a packhorse bridge with two slightly pointed arches and a roadway width of approximately 3ft. 3 inches (2). Scheduled (3). (2)(3)

The bridge is as described above (see G.P.s AO 65/124/3). (4)

Gallox Bridge, Grade I, Park Street. Possibly 15th century, narrow stone packhorse bridge. (For full description see list.) (5)

Additional bibliography. (6)

Scheduled. (7)

Visitor information. (8)

Source 9 includes a brief accessible overview of Gallox Bridge for visitors; it also notes the former names of "Gallows Bridge", "Gallocks Bridge", "Galloxbrigge" or "Toddebrigge" (the last name being the oldest). (9)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 6" 1928-38
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Source Number : 2
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Thompson WH. 1934. Somerset Region Survey
Page(s) : 57
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Source Number : 3
Source : Ancient monuments in England and Wales : list prepared by the Ministry of Works, corrected to 31st December 1960
Source details : Ministry of Works. 1961. List Ancient Monuments of England and Wales
Page(s) : 84
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : 26/05/1965
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Source Number : 5
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : West Somerset 04/08/1983
Page(s) : 29
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Vol(s) : 26
Source Number : 6
Source : The ancient bridges of the south of England
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Page(s) : 114
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Source Number : 7
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 28/06/1996
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Source Number : 8
Source : The English Heritage visitors' handbook 1998-99
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Page(s) : 74
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Source Number : 9
Source : Heritage Unlocked: Guide to free sites in Devon, Dorset and Somerset
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Page(s) : 64-65
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C15 in date
Monument End Date : 1500
Monument Start Date : 1401
Monument Type : Packhorse Bridge
Evidence : Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 34621
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : SO 149
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 22093
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External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 264705
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External Cross Reference Source : EH Property Number
External Cross Reference Number : 259
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External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 99/01218
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 94 SE 3
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 94 SE 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1965-05-26
End Date : 1965-05-26