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HER Number:MDV118541
Name:Two Bridges Hotel


Following the destruction of the Saracen's Head in 1866, it was rebuilt and later changed its name to the Two Bridges Hotel.


Grid Reference:SX 608 749
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • INN (Constructed, XIX - 1866 AD to 1899 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Still shown as the 'Saracen's Head (public house)' on the early 20th century historic mapping.

Quick, T., 1992, Dartmoor Inns, 125-127 (Monograph). SDV359976.

The late 18th century Saracen's Head was almost completely destroyed in 1866 by fire, with only the outer walls remaining. It was then rebuilt in the current form and when it became an important posting inn, an outbuilding was converted for use as a blacksmith's shop. Apparently changed its name to the Two Bridges Hotel in 1893, during a time when the Victorians were showing a great deal of interest in the nature and wilderness of the moor. In 1905 the building was greatly improved when new chimneys were added, the walls mortared and new doors fitted inside and out. Five years later further work was undertaken hewn the hotel was enlarged and the timber framed section of the building was replaced with stone.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

the Two Bridges Hotel is depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #77820 ]
SDV359976Monograph: Quick, T.. 1992. Dartmoor Inns. Dartmoor Inns. Paperback Volume. 125-127.

Associated Monuments

MDV5940Related to: Clapper Bridge at Two Bridges (Monument)
MDV103145Related to: Saracen's Head, Two Bridges (Building)
MDV16974Related to: Tavistock to Moretonhampstead road (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 30 2017 4:03PM