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MSO10513 - Railway Bridge, Pit Lane

ENPHER Number:MSO10513
Name:Railway Bridge, Pit Lane
Type of Record:Building
Grid Reference:ST 0378 3627

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Underbridge 10 carries the West Somerset Mineral Railway line over Pit Lane. It may be one of the smallest railway bridges still extant.

Monument Types

  • RAILWAY BRIDGE (AD 19th Century to Modern - 1857 AD to 2050 AD (Unclassified))

Designated Status

  • Listed Building (II) 1174003: RAILWAY BRIDGE AT NGR ST 0379 3625


Mineral railway bridge over road. 1857. Red sandstone, squared and coursed. Round arched opening, rusticated surround. Probably one of the smallest railway bridges extant, about a 2.5 metre clearance. Parapet obscured by ivy at time of survey (November 1983). The second stretch of the West Somerset Mineral Railway linking Comberow at the base of the mineral railway incline (qv) with the coast was opened 1857. The double track railway also carried passengers but only ran when the mines were operational. Mining ceased 1883 and after a brief revival in 1907-10 the stock was sold off in 1924. (Sellick, The West Somerset Mineral Railway, 1970). [1]

English Heritage Listed Building Number: 264813. First Listed on 21/12/1984. [2]

Stone, Squared rubble, coursed walls. [3]

Underbridge 10 (Pit Lane). [4]

The building was visited in June 2013 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 4A. [8]

<1> 21/12/1984, Thirty-first List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Distict of West Somerset (Somerset) (Index). SSO673.

<2> Webster CJ, Historic Environment Record, 2005, Staff Comments, Somerset County Council (Unassigned). SSO2013.

<3> Somerset County Council, Various, Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records (Unpublished document). SSO1.

<4> The Hartley Conservation Partnership + David Sekers Consulting Partnership, 2004, West Somerset Mineral Railway Conservation Plan, 46 (Report). SEM6860.

<5> Croft, R.A., 1992, The West Somerset Mineral Railway Research Design, 3 (Report). SEM7035.

<6> Jones, M.H., 1993, West Somerset Mineral Railway Research Design Summary Report (Report). SEM6840.

<7> Jones, M.H., 1995, Report on Proposed Low-Key Visitor Access to Industrial Sites on the Brendon Hills, 8 (Report). SEM7005.

<8> Lawrence, G., 2014, Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13 (Report). SEM8060.

Related records

MSO9229Part of: West Somerset Mineral Railway (Monument)

Other References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (4A): 375/4/55
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MEM15297
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 30753
Date Last Edited:May 27 2014 3:09PM


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