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HER Number:MDV7994
Name:Lizwell Bridge, Widecombe

Summary

This monument includes a multi span bridge known as Lizwell Bridge which crosses the East Webburn River and is situated in a steep wooded valley. The bridge survives as two low rounded arches which each measure 2.5m long, these meet on an islet in the river and are joined by a causeway. The arches are constructed of dressed granite, the rest is composed of slate rubble. The bridge is up to 3.2m wide, the parapets are extremely low and on the northern side of the bridge at the centre a granite pillar with fixings suggest the bridge was once gated.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 711 741
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/22
  • Old SAM County Ref: 614

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROAD BRIDGE (Built, Post Medieval to XVIII - 1540 AD to 1785 AD (Between))

Full description

FRENCH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV25481.

Packhorse bridge. Lizwell bridge. Bridge of two single spans each of about 864mm. To a natural islet, crossing the east webburn river about 457m north of lizwell meet. Of dry, rubble construction, the west span now consists of little more than the voussoir course. Considerable tumble would suggest a fairly low parapet at some stage. At the western extremity of the north 'parapet' is an upended block inscribed ' wp 1784' (widecombe parish?) the parish boundary follows the river at this point. The centre of the bridge is also marked by a gate pillar. The adjacent area has recently been taken over for forestry development, some more damage to the remaining parapet has been caused by vehicular traffic, for which the bridge is obviously unsuited (dcra). Vis=23/5/1984 (robinson) fmw visit. Vis=lizwell bridge shown on os 6" 1964 map. Vis=12/2/1987 (belsey) central pillar has now disappeared. Boundary stone still not found (belsey). Vis=french refers to the old pack horse bridge on the east webburn from ashburton where the nearest limestone quarries are situated (french).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV302373.

Osa=sx77sw46.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV302374.

Dcra widecombe survey/(1979)vol v 1028.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV302375.

Des=os 6" 1964 map.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV302376.

Des=belsey, p. M. /checklist.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV302377.

French, h. /tda/95(1963)161/field names in widecombe parish.


Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Depicted on the modern mapping.


Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England, Accessed 17/05/2016 (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

This monument includes a multi span bridge known as Lizwell Bridge which crosses the East Webburn River and is situated in a steep wooded valley. The bridge survives as two low rounded arches which each measure 2.5m long, these meet on an islet in the river and are joined by a causeway. The arches are constructed of dressed granite, the rest is composed of slate rubble. The bridge is up to 3.2m wide, the parapets are extremely low and on the northern side of the bridge at the centre a granite pillar with fixings suggest the bridge was once gated.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV25481Migrated Record: FRENCH.
SDV302373Migrated Record:
SDV302374Migrated Record:
SDV302375Migrated Record:
SDV302376Migrated Record:
SDV302377Migrated Record:
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #106741 ]
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. Accessed 17/05/2016.

Associated Monuments

MDV30670Related to: Footbridge in Lizwell Wood (Monument)
MDV30977Related to: Trackway from Lizwell Bridge to the Widecombe / Ashburton Road (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jun 17 2016 4:06PM