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HER Number:MDV3039
Name:Bittaford Bridge, Ugborough

Summary

The old bridge at Bittaford; a single arch stone bridge, segmental, with granite parapets, carrying the old road from Exeter to Plymouth across the Lud Brook.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 665 570
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/123

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROAD BRIDGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon Record Office, 564 M/15/125, 15/127 (Record Office Collection). SDV161801.

Illustrations at Bittaford Bridge by Swete.


Unatributed Sites and Monuments Register Entry (Unattributed Sites and Monuments Register Entry). SDV263.

The old bridge over Lud Brook at Bittaford; a single arch stone bridge, segmental, with granite parapets, carrying the old road from Exeter to Plymouth across the Lud Brook. This bridge lost its importance when the new turnpike road was built in the 1820s and the stream was crossed by a new bridge lower down the stream. Devon County Council have no record of the bridge. The ancient map of Dartmoor believed to date from 1478, shows a road from Glazebrook in the east, across the river which is presumably the Lud Brook, to Ivybridge in the west. Bridges are shown at Glazebrook and Ivybridge, but not across the Lud Brook. If the map is accurate it suggests that at the time there was a ford at Bittaford, not a bridge.


Swete, J. (ed. Gray T. + Rowe, M.), 2000, Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Swete. Vol. 4, 22 (Monograph). SDV339713.

Swete implies that the bridge at Bittaford had been erected comparitively recently, where formerly there was a 'bit of a ford'. Swete's illustration, dated 1797, shows a single arch bridge.


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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV161801Record Office Collection: Devon Record Office. 564 M/15/125, 15/127. Unknown.
SDV263Unattributed Sites and Monuments Register Entry: Unatributed Sites and Monuments Register Entry.
SDV339713Monograph: Swete, J. (ed. Gray T. + Rowe, M.). 2000. Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Swete. Vol. 4. Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Sw. 4. Hardback Volume. 22.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #86851 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV2941Related to: 1-2 Ivy Cottage, Bittaford Bridge, Ugborough (Building)
MDV3078Related to: Bittaford Mill, Ugborough (Building)
MDV2940Related to: Brooklands, Bittaford Bridge, Ugborough (Building)
MDV2942Related to: Terrace of four cottages, Bittaford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jun 14 2016 11:05AM