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HER Number:MDV16917
Name:Abbey Bridge, Tavistock

Summary

Abbey Bridge in Tavistock was built in 1763 to replace an older bridge. It was widened in the 19th century.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 482 743
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTavistock
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SE/82
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 93390

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BRIDGE (XVIII to XIX - 1760 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Alexander, J. J., 1937, Tavistock in the 15th century, 265 (Article in Serial). SDV322349.


Hicks, C. E., 1947, Tavistock: The Changing Scene in the Last Two Centuries, 160-1 (Article in Serial). SDV256401.

Abbey Bridge. The first bridge was a structure of two arches completed in 1763 to replace the old East Bridge which was of five arches and appears on a map of 1734 and served the main road from Mortonhampstead to Plymouth. The Abbey Bridge was widened and altered between 1859 and 1860 and the approach road was also widened.


Devon County Council, 1975, Tavistock Town Walk, 91 (Article in Monograph). SDV352474.


Timms, S. C., 1976, The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft, 170, 172 (Report - Survey). SDV341346.


The Tavistock and District Local History Society, 1994, About Tavistock: An Historical Introduction and Six Town Walks, 18, 29, 34 (Monograph). SDV354806.


Exeter Archaeology, 1997, Archaeological Assessment of Tavistock Sewer Overflows Scheme, 5 (Report - Assessment). SDV344347.


Stead, P. M., 1999, Archaeological Investigations at Tavistock Abbey 1997-1999, 149-203 (Article in Serial). SDV336200.

Excavation of a sewer trench in 1997 revealed a layer of demolition debris up to 0.6 metres thick with a fine metalled surface extending from the former Bedford Street across Abbey Court to the newly constructed Abbey Bridge. Pottery dating between 1750 and 1800 was recovered from this layer.


English Heritage, 2010, Historic Houses Register (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV154869.

Over River Tavy.1763, widened and the approaches altered 1859-60. Built of granite ashlar. Two segmented arches. Cutwaters on higher side.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV154869List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2010. Historic Houses Register. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV256401Article in Serial: Hicks, C. E.. 1947. Tavistock: The Changing Scene in the Last Two Centuries. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 79. A5 Hardback. 160-1.
SDV322349Article in Serial: Alexander, J. J.. 1937. Tavistock in the 15th century. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. Unknown. 265.
SDV336200Article in Serial: Stead, P. M.. 1999. Archaeological Investigations at Tavistock Abbey 1997-1999. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 57. Paperback Volume. 149-203.
SDV341346Report - Survey: Timms, S. C.. 1976. The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 170, 172.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #81933 ]
SDV344347Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 1997. Archaeological Assessment of Tavistock Sewer Overflows Scheme. Exeter Archaeology Report. 97.02. A4 Stapled + Digital. 5.
SDV352474Article in Monograph: Devon County Council. 1975. Tavistock Town Walk. Devon Town Trails: European Architectural Heritage Year. Paperback Volume. 91.
SDV354806Monograph: The Tavistock and District Local History Society. 1994. About Tavistock: An Historical Introduction and Six Town Walks. About Tavistock: An Historical Introduction and Six Town Walks. A5 Paperback. 18, 29, 34.

Associated Monuments

MDV123096Related to: Bridges over the Canal in the grounds of Tavistock Abbey (Monument)
MDV4094Related to: Tavistock Great Bridge (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4597 - Assessment of Tavistock Sewer Overflow Scheme

Date Last Edited:Jan 10 2019 4:02PM