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HER Number:MDV10554
Name:Newton Poppleford Bridge


The present bridge dates from about 1840 but the remains of an earlier bridge can be seen when the river is low. A bridge here is first documented in 1259.


Grid Reference:SY 090 898
Map Sheet:SY08NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNewton Poppleford and Harpford
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishHARPFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY08NE/31

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROAD BRIDGE (Built, XIII to XIX - 1201 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Hoskins, W. G., 1956 - 1958, Devon Parish Notes, 38 (Article in Serial). SDV911.

The present structure is modern.

Evans, H. R., 1969, Harpford, 46-47, 53 (Article in Serial). SDV361174.

Remnants of the old 'Nyutonbrigge' can be seen when the river is low, and as late as 1960 one of the tumbled arches was clearly visible. During recent excavations to pass a drain under the river bed, silver and copper coins of the 18th century were found just below the site of the old bridge. It was probably built before the end of the 15th century, the bridge mentioned in 1259 being an earlier one on the same site.
The old bridge was recorded in 1809 as being 'old, steep, narrow, difficult and dangerous to cross', so much so that when the river was low public coaches preferred to ford it rather than use the bridge.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 2102 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Remnants of old bridge visible when river level is low. Probably built before end of 15th century; on site of bridge mentioned in 1259.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Newton Poppleford Bridge marked.

Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1141402 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

Newton Poppleford Bridge. Road bridge over River Otter. Circa 1840. Large blocks of grey veined limestone finished with lightly-tooled rustication, granite coping. 3-span bridge of low segmental arches springing above a plain projecting impost above vertical abutments. Plain vaults with large carefully shaped voussoirs. The projecting cutwaters have round ends and rise to impost level with low semi-conical coping of granite. Directly above the cutwaters the wall breaks forward slightly. A dripcourse projects at road level which ramps a little towards the middle. Parapet has coping sloping very slightly outwards. The parapet curves outwards each end with terminal piers projecting only externally.
Date first listed: 26th May 1987

Sources / Further Reading

SDV351568Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003-2004. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. Site No. 2102.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1141402.
SDV361174Article in Serial: Evans, H. R.. 1969. Harpford. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 101. Paperback Volume. 46-47, 53.
SDV911Article in Serial: Hoskins, W. G.. 1956 - 1958. Devon Parish Notes. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 27. Unknown. 38.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 29 2019 10:13AM