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HER Number:MDV4089
Name:Vigo Bridge, Tavistock

Summary

Bridge over River Tavy, built 1773. Stone rubble with granite parapet copings and voussoirs. Three semi-circular arches, and pointed cut-waters taken up to form refuges.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 484 745
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTavistock
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SE/46
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 93507

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BRIDGE (XVIII - 1773 AD to 1773 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, First Edition 1:500 Town Map (Cartographic). SDV338879.

'Vigo Bridge' shown.


Alexander, J. J., 1937, Tavistock in the 15th century, 265 (Article in Serial). SDV322349.


Kingdon, E. V., 1943, The Bridges Over the River Tavy at Tavistock, 169 (Article in Serial). SDV350169.

Bridge built 1773. Not known why it was named Vigo.


Hicks, C. E., 1947, Tavistock: The Changing Scene in the Last Two Centuries, 161 (Article in Serial). SDV256401.

Vigo Bridge, built 1773, some 300 yards upstream from the site of the old East Bridge. So called because on the right bank of the river, just where the bridge is built, was a large barn with a small garden called Vigo.


Devon County Council, 1975, Tavistock Town Walk, 92 (Article in Monograph). SDV352474.

Packhorse bridge built in 1773.


Timms, S. C., 1976, The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft, 170, 172 (Report - Survey). SDV341346.


The Tavistock and District Local History Society, 1994, About Tavistock: An Historical Introduction and Six Town Walks, 18 (Monograph). SDV354806.


Exeter Archaeology, 1997, Archaeological Assessment of the Development of the Dockrell Yachts Site, Parkwood Road, Tavistock, 2, 8 (Report - Assessment). SDV344557.

In the late 18th century, Tavistock's communications were improved by the construction of Vigo Bridge, close to the site, by the Tavistock Turnpike Trust in connection with the road across Dartmoor.


Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.


English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

Vigo Bridge. Over River Tavy. 1773. Stone rubble with granite parapet copings and voussoirs. Three semi-circular arches with one recessed order, keystones. Pointed cut-waters taken up to form refuges, two on the west side, one on the east side. At the north end of the east side the arch is splayed on plan.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV256401Article in Serial: Hicks, C. E.. 1947. Tavistock: The Changing Scene in the Last Two Centuries. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 79. A5 Hardback. 161.
SDV322349Article in Serial: Alexander, J. J.. 1937. Tavistock in the 15th century. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. Unknown. 265.
SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital).
SDV341346Report - Survey: Timms, S. C.. 1976. The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 170, 172.
SDV344557Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 1997. Archaeological Assessment of the Development of the Dockrell Yachts Site, Parkwood Road, Tavistock. Exeter Archaeology Report. 97.39. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2, 8.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #90929 ]
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV350169Article in Serial: Kingdon, E. V.. 1943. The Bridges Over the River Tavy at Tavistock. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 75. A5 Hardback. 169.
SDV352474Article in Monograph: Devon County Council. 1975. Tavistock Town Walk. Devon Town Trails: European Architectural Heritage Year. Paperback Volume. 92.
SDV354806Monograph: The Tavistock and District Local History Society. 1994. About Tavistock: An Historical Introduction and Six Town Walks. About Tavistock: An Historical Introduction and Six Town Walks. A5 Paperback. 18.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4674 - Archaeological Assessment of the Development of the Dockrell Yachts Site, Parkwood Road Tavistock

Date Last Edited:Feb 5 2015 2:43PM