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MSO8006 - New Bridge, Allerford

ENPHER Number:MSO8006
Name:New Bridge, Allerford
Type of Record:Building
Grid Reference:SS 8998 4665
Parish:LUCCOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET
SELWORTHY, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Summary

A medieval stone bridge, with a central pointed arch, and a half-arch each side. It was reported to be in poor condition in 1628 and repaired in 1630. It also bears a datestone of 1866.

Images

Allerford New Bridge from the northeast, 2009  © Exmoor National Park Authority

Allerford New Bridge from the northeast, 2009 © Exmoor National Park Authority

Allerford New Bridge from the northwest, 2009  © Exmoor National Park Authority

Allerford New Bridge from the northwest, 2009 © Exmoor National Park Authority

Allerford New Bridge from the south, 2009  © Exmoor National Park Authority

Allerford New Bridge from the south, 2009 © Exmoor National Park Authority

Monument Types

  • BRIDGE (Medieval to Modern - 1066 AD? to 2050 AD (Unclassified))

Designated Status

  • Listed Building (II*) 1058050: ALLERFORD NEW BRIDGE AT NGR SS 8999 4666
  • Scheduled Monument 1006197: Allerford New Bridge

Description

(SS 89994665). New Bridge (NAT) [1]

The 'New Bridge between Selworthy and Luckombe' was built before 1628, at which date it was reported to be in great decay. £60 was spent on repairs in 1630, but an inquiry was ordered to be made into it in 1647. It has been rebuilt and bears the date 1866. [2]

II* Allerford New Bridge (Partly in Luccombe parish). Mediaeval stone bridge, central pointed arch, half-arch each side. Stone parapets, cutwater buttresses each side, 3 stone steps from sub-arch to water level at the south west corner, similar steps at the north east corner. Ancient Monument. [3]

SS 900466. Allerford New Bridge. Scheduled. [4]

Local stone random rubble. Single span flanked by cutwaters with half arch spans. Scheduled Ancient Monument (Somerset County No 230). [5]

Medieval stone bridge of one main pointed arch with an 18 foot span. At each side of this is a half arch. There are cutwaters between the north upstream and downstream , pointed except for the east one on the south upstream side which has been remade square. The half arches are flood arches, their floors being approximately 5 feet above the water line. The bridge was widened on the north side (downstream) approximately 0.2 metres, and a stone in the north parapet reads LP\SP 1866 and may refer to this widening. Forms part of the A39 road. The downstream piers are reinforced stones held in metalmesh. [6]

The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 3. [7]

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

The 1841 Luccombe Tithe map indicates the presence of a bridge at this location. The Selworthy Tithe map, also of 1841, does not depict a bridge, but does indicate that a road somehow crosses a watercourse. [10, 11]

The site was surveyed in June 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 3. [12]


<1> Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) , 1:10 000 1975 (Map). SMO5112.


<2> Jervoise, E., 1930, The Ancient Bridges of the South of England, 113 (Monograph). SMO5764.


<3> Department of the Environment, List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest , DOE(HHR) Williton RD, Somer (March 1962) 80 (Index). SMO5109.


<4> Department of the Environment (IAM), 1978, List of Ancient Monuments of England and Wales 1978, P124 (Index). SEM7732.


<5> 2/1/1986, Thirty-fifth List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, District of West Somerset (Somerset)/Exmoor National Park (Index). SSO672.


<6> Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission, Field Monument Warden Report (Report). SSO1247.


<7> Bray, L.S., 2010, Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park (Report). SEM7402.


<8> Department of the Environment, List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest , DOE(HHR) West Somer Dist (Exford et al) Somerset (2 Jan 1986) 34 (Index). SMO5109.


<9> Lawrence, G., 2014, Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13 (Report). SEM8060.


<10> Collard Cox, W., 1841, Luccombe Tithe Map and Apportionment (Map). SSO292.


<11> 1841, Selworthy Tithe Map and Apportionment (Map). SEM7926.


<12> Gent, T. and Manning, P., 2015, Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015 - Draft (Report). SEM8278.

Other References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (4A): 1076/3/62
  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 3 fluvial
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10695
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11997
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7322
  • Local List Status (No)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE15
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35871
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34627
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31191
Date Last Edited:Nov 2 2015 3:36PM

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