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HER Number:MDV17540
Name:Taw Bridge, North Tawton


17th century bridge widened in the 20th century.


Grid Reference:SS 656 016
Map Sheet:SS60SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNorth Tawton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH TAWTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS60SE/45
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BRIDGE (Built, XVII - 1601 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

WILLIAMS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV22693.

Bridge over the taw, referred to as town bridge by williams, but os has taw bridge. Arches date from end of 15th century. Widened in 18th century (williams).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV273964.

Williams, h. F. F. /tda/86(1954)121/north tawton.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV273965.

Gent, t. H. /archaeological assessment of a proposed golf course at the hams, north tawton/(1996)11/(ea report 96.09).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV79.

Taw bridge built in c17 and widened in c20 (ea).

Exeter Archaeology, 2001, Archaeological Assessment of North Tawton Flood Defence Scheme, No. 7 (Report - Assessment). SDV319171.

Posford Duvivier Environment, 2001, North Tawton Flood Defence Scheme. Environmental Appraisal, 20, 31-2 (Report - Assessment). SDV356540.

Taw Bridge dates from the 17th century and was widened in the 20th century. It has been recently repaired following an accident with an HGV.
Should dredging be undertaken as part of the proposed flood relief scheme it could potentially expose the foundations of the bridge, leaving them more liable to scour from the river.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

Taw Bridge. Road bridge over River Taw. C17 widened in C20. Local stone rubble with some dressed granite to jambs and cutwaters. 5-span elliptical and round arches on straight jambs. Triangular cutwater between each arch. The carriageway has been widened on the both sides and the parapet only moved out and supported on RSJs resting on top of the cutwaters.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV22693Migrated Record: WILLIAMS.
SDV273964Migrated Record:
SDV273965Migrated Record:
SDV319171Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2001. Archaeological Assessment of North Tawton Flood Defence Scheme. Exeter Archaeology Report. 01.34. A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 7.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #82045 ]
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV356540Report - Assessment: Posford Duvivier Environment. 2001. North Tawton Flood Defence Scheme. Environmental Appraisal. Posford Duvivier Environment Report. H6086/01/EE1. A4 Stapled + Digital. 20, 31-2.
SDV79Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 13 2021 6:33PM