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HER Number:MDV3240
Name:Lydford Bridge


Lydford Bridge built in the 14th or 15th century with later additions & alterations


Grid Reference:SX 509 845
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLydford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SW/50
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROAD BRIDGE (Built, XIV to XV - 1301 AD to 1500 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, Lydford Bridge (Schedule Document). SDV215141.

Lydford Bridge. A single arch bridge of the 14th or 15th century, spanning a ravine 21m deep cut by the River Lyd. The main road from Tavistock to Okehampton passes over it and it has recently been underpinned.

Swete, R. J. (Revd), 1792-1801, 564M 'Picturesque Sketches of Devon' by Reverend John Swete, 564M/4/23 (Record Office Collection). SDV337942.

Illustrations by Swete.

Henderson, C. + Jervoise, E., 1938, Old Devon Bridges, 13 (Monograph). SDV2296.

Ralegh Radford, C. A., 1947, Lydford Castle, 4 (Pamphlet). SDV336888.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX58SW12 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV336887.

Lydford Bridge. The gorge is spanned by a medieval bridge with a single pointed arch, recently widened on the upper (eastern) side. The original bridge across Lydford Gorge forms the western half of the present bridge, the widening took place about 1920. The width of the old bridge is 3.3 meters approximately, there being no way of obtaining a precise measurement, it contains a single raised arch and is flanked to the west side by two large buttresses and a third, a smaller one to the north end of the west side. The condition of the lower parts of this bridge is good, the surface and walls flanking the road are of comparitively modern build. No evidence available after local enquiries regarding the date of building.

National Trust, 1984, Lydford Gorge, 6 (Report - Survey). SDV336885.

Department of Environment, 1992, Lydford Bridge (Schedule Document). SDV215143.

Scheduled Monument Consent granted for repointing various elevations.

Department of Environment, 2002, Lydford Bridge (Schedule Document). SDV215144.

Formerly scheduled under DV No 17. Descheduled in March 2002 under SM 19325.

English Heritage, 2003, Lydford (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV336886.

Lydford Bridge taking the main road over the River Lyd. Some medieval fabric but considerably widened probably in 20th century. The oldest lower part is of stone rubble with the later alterations in dressed granite. Single span pointed arch with double unchamfered arch rings. Recorded in a document of 1478. Other details: LBS No 92782.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV215141Schedule Document: Department of Environment. Lydford Bridge. The Schedule of Monuments. Letter.
SDV215143Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1992. Lydford Bridge. The Schedule of Monuments. Letter.
SDV215144Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 2002. Lydford Bridge. The Schedule of Monuments. Letter.
SDV2296Monograph: Henderson, C. + Jervoise, E.. 1938. Old Devon Bridges. Old Devon Bridges. Unknown. 13.
SDV336885Report - Survey: National Trust. 1984. Lydford Gorge. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 6.
SDV336886List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2003. Lydford. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV336887Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX58SW12. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV336888Pamphlet: Ralegh Radford, C. A.. 1947. Lydford Castle. Ministry or Works Pamphlet. Unknown. 4.
SDV337942Record Office Collection: Swete, R. J. (Revd). 1792-1801. 564M 'Picturesque Sketches of Devon' by Reverend John Swete. Devon Record Office Collection. Unknown + Digital. 564M/4/23.

Associated Monuments

MDV30727Related to: Lydford, Bell Cavern (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 14 2016 11:08AM