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HER Number:MDV8013
Name:New Bridge, newbridge Cottages


Bridge crossing River Dart. Believed to be C15, repaired in 1645. Granite rubble, except for arch at the Holne end which is of ashlar; the piers are of squared and coursed rubble up to springing level of the arches. Bridge consists of two main arches across the river with a smaller third arch crossing the Widecombe bank.


Grid Reference:SX 711 708
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHolne
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHOLNE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/40
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROAD BRIDGE (Built, XIV to XVII - 1400 AD to 1645 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV140461.

New bridge lies north-west of newbridge cottages and south-east of aish tor. A medieval bridge about 1400 with four pointed arches of medium height. The buttresses are pointed with recesses on the road level. Bridge lies on the main road ashburton - princetown and tavistock road at the end of the holne chase and the beginning of the moor.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV140462.

Henderson, c. + jervoise, e./old devon bridges/1938/33

DNH:28/6/1994, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV140466.

Smc granted for works concerning replacement of granite block to abutment below water level (dnh:28/6/1994).

AM, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV140467.

Formerly scheduled under dv120. Descheduled march 2002 under sm91323 (am).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV140470.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV140471.

Doe/hhr:widecombe in the moor(3/11/1986)117.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV140472.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV140473.

Ntas/holne woods, devon/(1984)5.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV140474.

Des=os 6"(1906)108sw.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV140475.

Dnh/smc letter/(28/6/1994)/in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV140476.

Des=nt/archaeological site monitoring report (pearse + petheray)/(1996)/in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV140477.

Des=ancient monuments/(2002)/as above.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=19/3/1955(os) small arch is eastern most of the three. Stone work on east is less crude than on the west. On the east blocks are oblong and regular while some of the stonework to the west is cruder with stones of all shapes fitted into the mortar as holne bridge it carries the main road and is tarmaced and kept in good condition. It has been widened and is still only 3.0m wide between the parapets with 1.0m deep recesses and the centre of the bridge is 7.0m above water level. The river channel which is very deep passes under the central arch and the bridge itself stands firmly on the natural granite. Bridge bears plaque "dcc 1912" when apparently later restoration took place.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV321697.

Des=devonshire antiquities p.41/sketch.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV321698.

Vis=estimated -/-/1937(henderson + jervoise) one small and two large semi circular arches built of granite blocks and carries a roadway 3.048m wide. Thought to date from 15th century mentions of repairs made in 1645.

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV326395.

Bridge crossing river dart into holne parish. Granite rubble except for arch at holne end which is ashlar. For further description of arches and parapets etc see doe list for full details (doe).

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

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

New Bridge - 23.8.55 - II*
Bridge crossing River Dart. Believed to be C15, repaired in 1645. Granite rubble, except for arch at the Holne end which is of ashlar; the piers are of squared and coursed rubble up to springing level of the arches. Bridge consists of two main arches across the river with a smaller third arch crossing the Widecombe bank. The arches are rounded, except for the centre one which is very slightly pointed. They have well-cut voussoirs, the masonry above projecting slightly on chamfered corbels. On the underside the two main arches spring from chamfered imposts. Both piers have sharply pointed cutwaters on each side, these forming refuges on top. The parapets on the Holne side are of ashlar as far as the first cutwater, sweeping outwards at the end to finish in low, oblong-section piers; the rounded granite coping extends to one half of the first cutwater. On the Widecombe side the parapets are of rubble, also sweeping outwards at the end, but here dying away into the ground; the copings are of chamfered granite blocks. Source: C Henderson and E Jervoise, Old Devon Bridges, 1938, p.33.
This entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 8th March 2016.
Listing NGR: SX7115170883

Hanks, N., 2016, Removal of duplicate listing - New Bridge (Correspondence). SDV359456.

Duplicate listing for bridge removed.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140461Migrated Record:
SDV140462Migrated Record:
SDV140466Migrated Record: DNH:28/6/1994.
SDV140467Migrated Record: AM.
SDV140470Migrated Record:
SDV140471Migrated Record:
SDV140472Migrated Record:
SDV140473Migrated Record:
SDV140474Migrated Record:
SDV140475Migrated Record:
SDV140476Migrated Record:
SDV140477Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV321697Migrated Record:
SDV321698Migrated Record:
SDV326395Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #106935 ]
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. Accessed 17/05/2016.
SDV359456Correspondence: Hanks, N.. 2016. Removal of duplicate listing - New Bridge. Email. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 17 2016 4:10PM