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HER Number:MDV17765
Name:Ideford Arch


Single-span bridge with a segmental arch with a keystone, 1810. Said to be the first public road bridge carrying one public road over another.


Grid Reference:SX 886 776
Map Sheet:SX87NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishChudleigh
Ecclesiastical ParishCHUDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87NE/80

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BRIDGE (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV307670.

Williams, h. F. /tda/87(1955)84/ideford through the centuries.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV307671.

Des=timms, s. /as above/(22/2/1984).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV3991.

Ideford arch, constructed about 1810 when the turnpike diverted the road from its original line (williams). This bridge is considered locally to be the forst example in the country of a public road bridge taking one public road over another. This view is supported to some extent by mr d. Thomas (formerly of dcc engineering dept), who considers it to be an early example of such a bridge, but unlikely to be the very first. It is an impressive classical structure of early 19th century date and merits listing (timms).

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

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

Road bridge carrying one public road over another. 1810, dating from the diversion of the original turnpike. Ashlar limestone, stone rubble parapets. Single-span bridge with a segmental arch with a keystone. Said to be the first public road bridge carrying one public road over another.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV307670Migrated Record:
SDV307671Migrated Record:
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #82113 ]
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV3991Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 4 2014 2:10PM