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HER Number:MDV1929
Name:Beckford Bridge

Summary

Beckford Bridge is a Post Medieval packhorse bridge over the River Yarty with a single arch

Location

Grid Reference:ST 265 014
Map Sheet:ST20SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDalwood
Civil ParishMembury
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishDALWOOD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 190186
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST20SE/3
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 88057
  • Old SAM County Ref: 123
  • Old SAM Ref: 33041
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: ST20SE3

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BRIDGE (XVII to XIX - 1700 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Pulman, G. P. R., 1865, The Book of the Axe, 726 (Monograph). SDV124122.


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

'Beckford Bridge' shown on 19th century map with a 'Ford' to the south.


Chapple, J., 1910 - 1911, Beckford Bridge, 251 (Article in Serial). SDV345819.

The bridge, built of stone in the same shape of a bow, was restored early in the 20th century.


Ministry of Works, 1924, Beckford Bridge (Schedule Document). SDV345818.

Other details: Monument 123.


Wilkin, W. H., 1927, Notes on Membury: Part 2, 243-4 (Article in Serial). SDV340626.


Wilkin, W. H., 1930, Southcomb of Rose Ash. Part II., 354 (Article in Serial). SDV338397.


Henderson, C. + Jervoise, E., 1938, Old Devon Bridges, 77 (Monograph). SDV2296.

Beckford bridge, a narrow steep pack-horse bridge over the yarty. Single-arch bridge, the oldest existing span over the Yarty, and said to be only one other such bridge in the country. On bye-road from Dalwood to Membury at the junction of three parishes. There is a ford just below the bridge in good repair. As originally built, Beckford Bridge was only suitable for packhorse traffic, but the arch has been widened on the upstream side. Other details: Plate.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951 - 1975, ST20SE3 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV345816.

Single span. Ashlar arch, remainder rubble with some chert pebbles in parapets 10 metres long, 2.3 metres wide. Parapets splayed to 4 metres at ends.


Robinson, R., 1983, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983 (Un-published). SDV345762.

Department of Environment Field Monument Warden site visit 1st March 1983.


Department of Environment, 1984, 62: Part of East Devon, 122 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV326854.

18th/19th century stone rubble packhorse bridge over the River Yarty.


Robinson, R., 1984, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984 (Un-published). SDV343082.

Department of Environment Field Monument Warden site visit 21st April 1984.


Robinson, R., 1986, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1986 (Un-published). SDV345664.

Department of Environment Field Monument Warden site visit 6th March 1986.


Salvatore, J. P., 2001, 144524 (Un-published). SDV345820.

Beckford Bridge is a narrow, single-arch, Post Medieval packhorse bridge situated over the River Yarty at the junction of three parishes (Membury, Dalwood and Stockland) immediately upstream from the site of a ford which has been upgraded to take modern traffic. The bridge is rubble built, largely of local stone with a single segmental arch of ashlar which is believed to retain medieval masonry and with some chert pebbles and flint in the coping of the parapets. It is 10.7 metres in length with parapets 0.65 metres high either side of a carriageway about 1.7 metres wide within an overall width of 2.3 metres. The maximum height of the bridge above the water is about 3 metres and the span of the arch, just over 8 metres. The bridge is considered to be largely 18th or 19th century but incorporating earlier stonework.


Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2002, Beckford Bridge (Schedule Document). SDV345821.

Beckford Bridge is a narrow, single-arch, Post-Medieval packhorse bridge situated over the River Yarty at the junction of three parishes (Membury, Dalwood, and Stockland) immediately upstream from the site of a ford which has been upgraded to take modern traffic. It is Listed Grade II. The bridge is rubble built, largely of local stone with a single segmental arch of ashlar which is believed to retain medieval masonry, and with some chert pebbles and flint in the coping of the parapets. It is 10.7 metres in length with parapets 0.65 metres high on either side of a carriageway which is about 1.7 metres wide within an overall width of 2.3 metres. The maximum height of the bridge above the water is about 3 metrers and the span of the arch is just over 8 metres. The bridge is considered to be largely 18th or 19th century in date but incorporating earlier stonework. Some restoration also took place in the early 20th century. Beckford Bridge survives in an excellent state of preservation having been by-passed for vehicular traffic. As a result it has not been subjected to any major modern strengthening works. It has the characteristic humped shape of a packhorse bridge and, although it has been the subject of some restoration, it will provide evidence of bridge construction and the way in which rivers were crossed in the Medieval and early Post-Medieval periods where it was necessary to keep horsedrawn goods dry and above the river level. Other details: Monument 33041.


National Monuments Record, 2010, 190186 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV345817.

A narrow, single arch bridge over the River Yarty, built in the 18th or 19th century. Some restoration work was carried out in the early 20th century. The bridge is built of rubble, largely of local stone with a single segmental arch of ashlar which is believed to retain Medieval masonry with some chert pebbles and flint in the coping of the parapets. The bridge is circa 10.7 metres in length with a carriageway of circa 1.7 metres wide within an overall width of 2.3 metres. The maximum height of the bridge above the water is circa 3 metres and the span of the arch is just over 8 metres. This bridge survives in good condition due to the construction of a modern bridge across the ford just downstream which is taking vehicular traffic.


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

Beckford Bridge was Listed on 8th May 1967. Footbridge built in the 18th or 19th century of stone rubble. A packhorse bridge over the River Yarty of a single span with wide round arch with small voussoirs. Plain parapet with rubble coping. Other details: LBS Number 88057.


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


English Heritage, 2011, Beckford Bridge (Correspondence). SDV349247.

Application for Scheduled Monument consent which is thought to be beneficial for the preservation of the bridge therefore consent is granted.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV124122Monograph: Pulman, G. P. R.. 1865. The Book of the Axe. The Book of the Axe. Unknown. 726.
SDV154869List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2010. Historic Houses Register. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV2296Monograph: Henderson, C. + Jervoise, E.. 1938. Old Devon Bridges. Old Devon Bridges. Unknown. 77.
SDV326854List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1984. 62: Part of East Devon. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 122.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV338397Article in Serial: Wilkin, W. H.. 1930. Southcomb of Rose Ash. Part II.. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 62. A5 Hardback. 354.
SDV340626Article in Serial: Wilkin, W. H.. 1927. Notes on Membury: Part 2. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 59. A5 Hardback. 243-4.
SDV343082Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1984. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #82456 ]
SDV345664Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1986. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1986. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV345762Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1983. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV345816Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951 - 1975. ST20SE3. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV345817National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 190186. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV345818Schedule Document: Ministry of Works. 1924. Beckford Bridge. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV345819Article in Serial: Chapple, J.. 1910 - 1911. Beckford Bridge. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 6 Part 1. Unknown. 251.
SDV345820Un-published: Salvatore, J. P.. 2001. 144524. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Unknown.
SDV345821Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 2002. Beckford Bridge. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV349247Correspondence: English Heritage. 2011. Beckford Bridge. Application for Scheduled Monument Consent. A4 Stapled.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Apr 29 2014 3:04PM