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HER Number:MDV11811
Name:Clapper Bridge at New Bridge, Dartmoor Forest


A double span clapper bridge on the Black-a-ven Brook. Of uncertain origin.


Grid Reference:SX 596 903
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX59SE19
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 440879
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/60

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CLAPPER BRIDGE (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD (Between) to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Prowse, A. B., 1892, The Bounds of the Forest of Dartmoor, 430 (Article in Serial). SDV273464.

New Bridge. A clapper bridge over the Black-a-ven Brook near East Mill Tor.

Ordnance Survey, 1963-1996, 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric (Cartographic). SDV350058.

SX 59658989 New Bridge (NAT) (1965 edition.)

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX59SE19 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV214795.

(28/08/1979) Although a break is shown in the stream at the above reference on the OS 6" 1962, there is no bridge or culvert and no necessity for one.
Prowse is referring to that at SX 59629031, which has a central and two side piers each 1.4 m wide and 1.2 m high, with slabs and parallel post-type stones laid between them. The bridge is 7.2 m long and 5.2 m wide and now has a tarmac surface.
It is shown on the 1883 OS 6" but first named "New Bridge" on the 1907 edition. There is no sign of split or drilled stones having been used and the structure is possibly Medieval though of unusually large size. The bridge is in good condition and still called "New Bridge".
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(15/06/1993) SX 59629032. New bridge is generally as described in 1979 though a drill-split slab, probably a repair, now forms part of the decking on the western half of the structure.

Francis, P., 2002, Okehampton Artillery Range, 16 (Report - Survey). SDV359222.

Granite bridge at New Bridge.

Probert, S. A. J. + Newman, P., 2003-2004, Measured survey North Dartmoor Military Range Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV350801.

(26/01/2004) New Bridge remains in good condition and is as described in 1979.

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

'New Bridge' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV214795Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX59SE19. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV273464Article in Serial: Prowse, A. B.. 1892. The Bounds of the Forest of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 24. Unknown. 430.
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV350058Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963-1996. 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric. Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV350801Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Newman, P.. 2003-2004. Measured survey North Dartmoor Military Range Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. 28-2004. Unknown.
SDV359222Report - Survey: Francis, P.. 2002. Okehampton Artillery Range. A4 Comb Bound. 16.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #113637 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8679 - Okehampton Range: Management Survey
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV8695 - Survey of Okehampton North Dartmoor Military Range

Date Last Edited:Nov 29 2021 5:22PM