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HER Number:MDV12808
Name:Remains of a clapper bridge near Fice's Well

Summary

Remains of a clapper bridge across the Blackabrook are visible. The abutments are intact, the bridge slabs lie on the bed of the stream and no supports are visible. Probably pre-1800 as no drill-marks are visible. Shown as a footbridge on early 20th century historic map. Crossing records that the bridge was swept away in 1873, but later restored.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 577 758
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57NE124
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1363107
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NE/56

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CLAPPER BRIDGE (Post Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1540 AD to 1901 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV278287.

Des=worksheet.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV278288.

Crossing, w. /guide to dartmoor/(1909)128.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV278289.

Des=rendell, p. /dartmoor tinworking research group newsletter/7(july 19943)3-4/which way to cockerntor?.

RENDELL, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV155289.

Remains of clapper bridge lying in river having been washed away in 1870s (rendell).

Greeves, T. A. P., Untitled Source (Worksheet). SDV69961.

Vis=28/11/1980 (greeves, t. ) the remains of a clapper bridge across the blackabrook are visible. The abutments are intact, the bridge slabs lie on the bed of the stream and no supports are visible. Probably pre-1800 as no drill-marks visible. Shown as a footbridge on os 6" 1906. Crossing records that the bridge was swept away in 1873, but later restored (greeves).

Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor (Monograph). SDV249702.

Probert, S. A. J., 2002?, An archaeological survey and evaluation of Dartmoor Prison Farm (Report - Survey). SDV364452.

(07/08/2002) SX 57777587. A rebuilt clapper bridge spanning the Blackbrook River some 30 E of Fices Well. The bridge has two openings and a total span of 4.6. The deck stones appear to be relatively recent additions to an older set of abuttments and central pillar.
The bridge allegedly lies on the former route between Tavistock and Chagford.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV155289Migrated Record: RENDELL.
SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume.
SDV278287Migrated Record:
SDV278288Migrated Record:
SDV278289Migrated Record:
SDV69961Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P..

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8714 - Survey of Dartmoor Prison Farm

Date Last Edited:Aug 23 2021 3:04PM