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HER Number:MDV5845
Name:Clapper Bridge on the Cherry Brook at Powder Mills


Clapper bridge built in the 19th century on the Cherry Brook at Powder Mills gunpowder fatcory


Grid Reference:SX 628 771
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW14
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442549
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/12
  • Old SAM County Ref: 921
  • Old SAM Ref: 28718

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CLAPPER BRIDGE (Constructed, XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD (Between) to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Bridge shown on 19th century map.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1979, SX67NW14, Diagram, Photograph (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV263578.

(06/06/1950) Clapper bridge in very good condition with two clappers and two arches. All the work is dry-stone with earth covering over the clappers. Width of bridge 3.0 metres by 4.5 metres long. Sited within the Powder Mills are (SX 67 NW 99) is a clapper bridge, (see ground photograph) the stonework of which exhibits drill marks and is consequently likely to be of post-1800 date. A second clapper bridge of similar construction lies at SX 62807738.
(21/11/1979) Three clapper bridges situated at Powder Mills.
A: SX 62857713
B: SX 62817738
C: SX 62757747
All utilise drill split slabs and posts laid across crude drystone abutments and piers. It is likely that all were built as part of the Powder Mills complex, to facilitate movement of raw materials and finished product. Consequently they date to post 1844.
Clapper Bridge. This bridge which is in vert good condition has two clappers and two arches and all of the work is drystone. Width of bridge is 3.0m. Correct as shown on 6" field sheet.

Gerrard, S., 1998, 149205 (Un-published). SDV263581.

Clapper bridge crossing the Cherry Brook.

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

Bridge shown on modern mapping.

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

Clapper bridge over Cherry Brook. Early-mid 19th century. Rough granite blocks to pier and jambs, and granite slab lintels. The bridge is of two spans. Drill-holes in a number of the stones suggest that the bridge was constructed after the turn of the 19th century (when this method of splitting granite was introduced) and it may date from circa 1844 when the nearby Powder Mills were built. This form of bridge construction on Dartmoor was first used probably in Early Medieval times but later examples such as this one also occur.

English Heritage, 9/10/1981, Gunpowder factory at Powder Mills (Schedule Document). SDV350194.

The gunpowder factory at Powder Mills survives well and contains a complete range of buildings and other structures and features associated with the industry.
The monument, which falls into five areas, includes a gunpowder factory, a partially enclosed stone hut circle settlement and a round cairn situated adjacent to the Cherry Brook. The gunpowder factory, which is Listed Grade II, comprises at least 18 buildings involved in the production, storage and management of gunpowder. Many of these buildings contained machinery which was powered by water which was carried to the site by three large leats from the East Dart and Cherry Brook rivers. These are included in the scheduling. A system of trackways link the buildings and the river was crossed by way of clapper bridges. Modern post and wire fences, a shed and piles of sand and other materials associated with a consolidation programme are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath them is included.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV263578Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1979. SX67NW14. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. Diagram, Photograph.
SDV263581Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 1998. 149205. Monument Protection Programme.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #96069 ]
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV350194Schedule Document: English Heritage. 9/10/1981. Gunpowder factory at Powder Mills. The Schedule of Monuments. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV52773Related to: Clapper Bridge over a Tributary of the Cherry Brook at Powder Mills Gunpowder Factory (Monument)
MDV52772Related to: Clapper Bridge over the Cherry Brook at Powder Mills Gunpowder Factory (Monument)
MDV5913Related to: Powder Mills Gunpowder Factory, Cherry Brook (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6029 - An Archaeological Survey of the Gunpowder Factory at Powdermills Farm
  • EDV8645 - Powder Mills and Gawler Newtake, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Feb 14 2022 8:35AM