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HER Number:MDV73012
Name:Railway Bridge over Farm Lane


19th century bridge to take the former Bere Alston to Tavistock section of the railway over a farm lane


Grid Reference:SX 464 719
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK HAMLETS

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Structures, earthworks and below-ground mining features associated with Wheal Crebor Mine including a former canal and railway, east of Buctor Farm

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BRIDGE (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Smith, J. R., 2006, Bere Alston to Tavistock Railway: Archaeological Assessment, 27 (Report - Assessment). SDV336796.

Backford Lane Bridge 666 (Site 40) a single skew-arch railway bridge over a farm lane. The brick arch has granite voussoirs with stone abutments & rusticated masonry wing walls. The parapet is of rubble masonry with an iron handrail. Other details: Figs 30 & 40.

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.

Buctor Lane Bridge sign states ‘Distance from Waterloo – 215 miles, 65 chains’. A single-arch bridge carries the railway over a farm lane. The skew arch is of brick, with cut granite voussoirs, stone abutments, and rusticated masonry wing walls. The parapet is of rubble masonry with an iron handrail. The bridge appears to be in reasonable condition, with some ivy growing on the structure.

High significance rating, given their degree of survival.

Site should be retained, with a minimal amount of disturbance, however it is recognised that there are plans to re-instate the railway line, which may impact upon structures and archaeological/historical features throughout its length (and within the study area), the Shillamill Viaduct being perhaps the greatest recipient.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336796Report - Assessment: Smith, J. R.. 2006. Bere Alston to Tavistock Railway: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2006R006. A4 Stapled + Digital. 27.
SDV359746Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2015. Buctor Farm, Tavistock. Cornwall Archaeological Unit. 2015R055. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV72928Part of: Tavistock to Bere Alston Railway (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4099 - Bere Alston to Tavistock Railway
  • EDV7058 - Archaeological Management Plan, Buctor Farm, Tavistock (Ref: 2015R055)

Date Last Edited:May 9 2019 5:50PM