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HER Number:MDV20423
Name:Two Bridge Piers at Arlington Lake


Two bridge piers visible at the Lake at Arlington


Grid Reference:SS 604 402
Map Sheet:SS64SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishArlington
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishARLINGTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS64SW/55

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BRIDGE (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

National Trust, 1983, Map and Guide to Arlington (Pamphlet). SDV337710.

Two piers in the lake at Arlington represent a suspension bridge which was never completed. Both bridge and lake were constructed by Sir John Chichester in the mid 19th century.

National Trust, 1984, Arlington Court, Devon, 11 (Report - Survey). SDV337709.

The bridge was designed to connect the drive from Woolley Lodge with the Court.

Goodwin, N. D., 1989, Bridge Piers at Arlington Court Lake (Worksheet). SDV337720.

Two piers of a projected suspension bridge are visible across the lake at Arlington Court. The height of the base is 6.2 meters, the base of the arch is 1.37 meters, and the arch is 3 meters, approximately. The width of the baseis about 8 meters. The depth is approximately 1.75 meters. They are well built, with coursed stone, but are invaded by grass on top of the base, and there are trees on top of the arch. Stone work on the whole is in good condition. There is a framed sketch on display in Arlington Court, with the caption 'perspective sketch for intended suspension bridge for Sir Bruce Chichester, Bart.' and signed 'William Dredge, Engineer, London, March 21st, 1849'. John Palmer Bruce Chichester died in 1851, and the bridge was never completed.

National Trust, 1994, Archaeological Site Monitoring Surveillance Report. Arlington Court (Report - non-specific). SDV337721.

The stonework is stable and in good condition.

Gray, T., 1995, The Garden History of Devon: An Illustrated Guide to Sources, 34-35 (Monograph). SDV671.

English Heritage, 2003, Arlington Court, Devon (Register of Parks and Gardens in England). SDV321634.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV321634Register of Parks and Gardens in England: English Heritage. 2003. Arlington Court, Devon. Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. A4 Unbound.
SDV337709Report - Survey: National Trust. 1984. Arlington Court, Devon. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 11.
SDV337710Pamphlet: National Trust. 1983. Map and Guide to Arlington. National Trust Leaflet Maps of Coast and Country Properties in Devon. Leaflet + Digital.
SDV337720Worksheet: Goodwin, N. D.. 1989. Bridge Piers at Arlington Court Lake. Devon County Sites and Monuments Register. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV337721Report - non-specific: National Trust. 1994. Archaeological Site Monitoring Surveillance Report. Arlington Court. National Trust Report. Unknown.
SDV671Monograph: Gray, T.. 1995. The Garden History of Devon: An Illustrated Guide to Sources. The Garden History of Devon: An Illustrated Guide to Sources. Paperback Volume. 34-35.

Associated Monuments

MDV32577Part of: Arlington Court Park (Park/Garden)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 17 2007 10:37AM