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HER Number:MDV45622
Name:Shallowford Bridge

Summary

Clapper bridge across west webburn river on road between east and west shallowford farmhouses. Probably 18c or early 19c. Granite rubble. Bridge has 3 spans with a series of broad granite lintels resting on piers and abutments built of large roughly-shaped granite blocks. The centre lintel on the upstream face has been replaced by small stones supported by an iron strip parapets have coping-stones of roughly dressed granite blocks. The ends of the parapets splay outwards at the foot in the manner of buttresses, and are finished with the same type of coping stone (doe).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 692 755
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/302
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CLAPPER BRIDGE (XVIII to XXI - 1701 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV281715.

Des=photo by d. Mccallum (dcc)/(1993)/in archive.


Department of Environment, 1986, Widecombe in the Moor, 87 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV289221.

Clapper bridge across West Webburn river on road between East and West Shallowford farmhouses. Probably 18th or early 19th century. Granite rubble. Bridge has 3 spans with a series of broad granite lintels resting on piers and abutments built of large roughly-shaped granite blocks. The centre lintel on the upstream face has been replaced by small stones supported by an iron strip parapets have coping-stones of roughly dressed granite blocks. The ends of the parapets splay outwards at the foot in the manner of buttresses, and are finished with the same type of coping stone.


Stead, P. M., 1993, Archaeological Assessment of Devon County Council Clapper Bridges, 7 (Report - Survey). SDV138740.

Shallowford Bridge. Three spans. Mortared. Feather and tare on lintels only. One lintel re-used, one replaced with concrete.19th century or later rebuild of pier abutment.


Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit, 1993, Untitled Source (Archive - Survey). SDV138745.

Site isit on 19th November 1993 (P.M. Stead); solid bridge, in good order throughout. Pier and abutments of well-faced granite blocks sitting on sand and gravel bed. Downstream side has evidence of rebuild for insertion of concrete lintel and/or widening. Rebuild contains feather and tare marks on pier and abutment. Parapet walls of random coursed rubble surmounted by flat, granite coping stones and sloping-end coping stones strengthened by clamps. Cutwater not integral with bridge, but poorly formed by placement of additional stones against blunt end of piers.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV138740Report - Survey: Stead, P. M.. 1993. Archaeological Assessment of Devon County Council Clapper Bridges. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 93.88. A4 Stapled + Digital. 7.
SDV138745Archive - Survey: Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit. 1993. Dartmoor Clapper Bridge Survey. A4 Ring Bound.
SDV281715Migrated Record:
SDV289221List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1986. Widecombe in the Moor. Historic Houses Register. A4 Single Sheet. 87.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Sep 20 2013 10:02AM