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HER Number:MDV5980
Name:Bellever Clapper Bridge

Summary

Remains of a clapper bridge over the East Dart River. Probably medieval in origin and located on a track known as the Lich Way.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 658 773
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 442455
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/5
  • Old Listed Building Ref (I): 92762
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NE9

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CLAPPER BRIDGE (Built, XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1850 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Marked as Cyclopean Bridge.


Amery, J. S., 1916 - 1917, The Chapel at Tor Royal, Part 1, 182 (Article in Serial). SDV246787.

Bridge built at Bellever in the early 19th century to allow the Vicar of Widecombe to take services at the new Princetown church.


Worth, R. H., 1930, Proceedings at the Annual Meeting, 32 (Article in Serial). SDV231168.

Of equal importance structurally to Postbridge clapper bridge, although it is a less simple structure. Probably of more recent date, too. A more modern bridge was constructed alongside in early 19th century.


Henderson, C. + Jervoise, E., 1938, Old Devon Bridges, 32-3 (Monograph). SDV2296.

Remains of a clapper bridge with three openings. In 1809 it was used for foot passengers. By about 1850 the central stone slab was missing.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1953, SX67NE9 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV246783.

Cyclopean bridge, clapper bridge. Centre stone missing otherwise in good condition.


Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 206 (Monograph). SDV149229.


Probert, S. A. J., 1992, Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field Investigation (Report - Survey). SDV348197.

SX65847732. Bellever Bridge, a partly destroyed three-span clapper bridge which formerly carried the Postbridge to Widecombe track over the East Dart River. Apart from the missing central span the structure appears to be in good order.


Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

'Clapper bridge' depicted on the modern mapping.


English Heritage, 2011, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV347072.

Remains of clapper bridge over East Dart River. Medieval in origin. Piers of large granite blocks with granite slab lintels. Originally four spans, only two preserve their lintels. This bridge is likely to have been on the medieval track known as the lich way which led from the Ancient Tenements on the Forest to Lydford.


English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 206.
SDV2296Monograph: Henderson, C. + Jervoise, E.. 1938. Old Devon Bridges. Old Devon Bridges. Unknown. 32-3.
SDV231168Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1930. Proceedings at the Annual Meeting. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 62. 32.
SDV246783Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1953. SX67NE9. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV246787Article in Serial: Amery, J. S.. 1916 - 1917. The Chapel at Tor Royal. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 9. Unknown. Part 1, 182.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #96488 ]
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV348197Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1992. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field Investigation. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7388 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7406 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7431 - Woodland Survey (1989-90) at Bellever, Soussons and other woodland parcels

Date Last Edited:Jun 13 2016 3:22PM