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HER Number:MDV37343
Name:Bridge South of Wheal Crebor House


Bridge over the Tavistock Canal, about 50 metres north-east of the north portal to the Morwelldown Tunnel. First of the canal's bridges to be built, in 1805, it provides access to Wheal Crebor House, at that time the residence of the Captain in charge of canal works.


Grid Reference:SX 461 723
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SE/253
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 94017
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CANAL BRIDGE (Constructed, XIX - 1805 AD to 1805 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1987, Tavistock Hamlets, 81a (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV221830.

Bridge over the Tavistock Canal. Between 1803 and 1817, by John Taylor. Slatestone rubble. Bridge spans about 8 metres, about 3 metres wide, with parapet walls about one metre high with rubble coping. Bridge has wide round arch with keystone. (Sources: Booker, F.: Industrial Archaeology of the Tamar Valley. Hedges, C.: The Tavistock Canal. 1975)

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Buck, C., 2015, Buctor Farm, Tavistock (Report - Assessment). SDV359746.

This study was commissioned by the landowner on behalf of Natural England as part of a Higher Level Environmental Stewardship Agreement Scheme and produced by Cornwall Archaeological Unit, Cornwall Council.

It is assumed that the bridge is outside the stewardship area however, it has been included in this site inventory due to its site significance. The footbridge is shown on the 1765 map (Fig 2, as a later addition), and on later detailed maps (Figs 9 and 13). R. Waterhouse makes the following comments, ‘A small stone bridge with a segmental arch, serving Wheal Crebor House. This seems to have been the first bridge to be built on the canal, in 1804. Part way through construction, its width was changed, a further 0.67m being added to the upstream side. The shallow three-centred arch and flared parapets make this a very attractive structure’.

The single span small bridge is built with a stone, granite and lime mortar arch (c3m wide), and is c4m long. The crown of the arch is c1.2m above canal level. There are intact stone parapet walls across the bridge (0.7m high).

Not applicable.

Waterhouse, R., 2017, The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology, 326, 345 fig 10.21, 10.46 (Monograph). SDV361789.

A high arched stone bridge carries the access track to Wheal Crebor House over the cutting into the Morwelldown Tunnel. This was the canal's first bridge, built in 1805. Survey drawing included by Waterhouse.

Waterhouse, R., Unknown, Wheal Crebor, Inclined Shaft and Canal Cutting Survey Plans (Plan - measured). SDV355823.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV221830List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. Tavistock Hamlets. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 81a.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #89469 ]
SDV355823Plan - measured: Waterhouse, R.. Unknown. Wheal Crebor, Inclined Shaft and Canal Cutting Survey Plans. Digital.
SDV359746Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2015. Buctor Farm, Tavistock. Cornwall Archaeological Unit. 2015R055. Digital.
SDV361789Monograph: Waterhouse, R.. 2017. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. Paperback Volume. 326, 345 fig 10.21, 10.46.

Associated Monuments

MDV18721Related to: Mill Hill Cut Canal Branch to Millhill Quarry (Monument)
MDV123232Related to: Tavistock Canal, Main record (Monument)
MDV4067Related to: Tavistock Canal, Northern Section (Monument)
MDV116040Related to: Wheel Crebor House, Buctor Farm, (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7058 - Archaeological Management Plan, Buctor Farm, Tavistock (Ref: 2015R055)

Date Last Edited:May 9 2019 5:49PM