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HER Number:MDV13690
Name:Zempson Bridge, Dean Prior, South Brent


Zempson Bridge spans the Harbourne on what may be an earlier route west than the 1755 Turnpike road through Harbourneford.


Grid Reference:SX 712 627
Map Sheet:SX76SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDean Prior
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76SW/82

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROAD BRIDGE (Built, XV to XIX - 1401 AD? to 1840 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Zempson Bridge' is depicted on the late 19th century historic map.

Robinson, R., 1977-1979, South Brent Parish Checklist Worksheets, December 1978, page 635 of 821 (Worksheet). SDV340722.

Zempson Bridge spans the Harbourne on what may be an earlier route west than the 1755 Turnpike road through Harbourneford. It has never been a County bridge.
This is a neat bridge of surprisingly small span. It is built of random slate rubble with a parapet, and simple rounded arch. It has dressed granite coping stones to the parapet (with no iron reinforcement) and a dressed granite arch with carefully shaped projecting keystone on both north and south sides. There is no datestone. Roadway 3.3 metres wide, span of bridge approximately 2 metres, parapet height 60 centimetres, width 40 centimetres. The parapet is cracked from a blow to its south-west corner.

Agricultural Development Advisory Service, 1995, Zempson Bridge, 1/3/1995 (Report - Survey). SDV174949.

Zempson Bridge (Harbourne). Extant. Well built arch, dressed keystone.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV174949Report - Survey: Agricultural Development Advisory Service. 1995. Zempson Bridge. ADAS. Unknown. 1/3/1995.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV340722Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1977-1979. South Brent Parish Checklist Worksheets. South Brent Parish Checklist. Worksheet. December 1978, page 635 of 821.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #80997 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV102773Related to: Weir 270 metres south-east of Zempson Bridge (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 23 2018 3:39PM