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MSO8842 - Bury Bridge

ENPHER Number:MSO8842
Name:Bury Bridge
Type of Record:Building
Grid Reference:SS 9446 2745
Parish:BROMPTON REGIS, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Summary

A narrow, medieval, stone, packhorse bridge of four arches over the River Haddeo.

Images

Medieval packhorse bridge at Bury, 2009  © Exmoor National Park Authority

Medieval packhorse bridge at Bury, 2009 © Exmoor National Park Authority

Medieval packhorse bridge at Bury, 2009  © Exmoor National Park Authority

Medieval packhorse bridge at Bury, 2009 © Exmoor National Park Authority

Medieval packhorse bridge at Bury, 2009  © Exmoor National Park Authority

Medieval packhorse bridge at Bury, 2009 © Exmoor National Park Authority

Medieval packhorse bridge at Bury, 2009  © Exmoor National Park Authority

Medieval packhorse bridge at Bury, 2009 © Exmoor National Park Authority

Monument Types

Designated Status

  • Listed Building (II*) 1263985: BURY BRIDGE AT NGR SS 9445 2745
  • Scheduled Monument 1006242: Bury Bridge

Description

Bury Bridge foot bridge is marked 'F.B.', at SS 94452746, on the Second Edition Ordnance Survey map. [1]

Bury Bridge, on the River Haddeo, has four arches and a roadway, with a width of approximately 6 feet. [2]

This bridge carries limited vehicular traffic. It is not of outstanding architectural interest (see photograph). [3, 4]

Bury Bridge, over the River Haddeo is a narrow medieval stone pack-horse bridge, on four segmental-pointed arches, with three cutwater buttresses each side. It has high stone parapets. [6]

Bury Bridge, of unknown date, is of local stone masonry and consists of four spans, one 10 feet, one 8 feet and two 7 feet long, giving a total length of 63 feet. The carriageway is 6 feet 10 inches wide. [7]

Bury Bridge is a packhorse bridge over the River Haddeo. It is medieval, and has been altered subsequently. It consists of flat bedded slate stone, dressed rubble voussoirs, hit and miss coping, and a pebble trackway. It has a four arch span, set skew. The west front (downstream), has two semi-circular arches and two pointed arches, square buttress cutwaters flanking the two northern arches. There are similar openings on the east front, with three pointed cutwaters at the centre. [8]

Bury Bridge is a picturesque medieval structure over the River Haddeo, on the line of an ancient road called Fort Lane. There is a ford by the bridge. The bridge has two pointed arches to the south and two lower curving arches to the north. There are three flat buttress-like cutwaters downstream and two pointed cutwaters upstream. The roadway is c1.5 metres across. Part of the road at each end is cobbled. [9]

The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 provided the site with a score of 3. [13]

The bridge was visited in March 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 5A. [15]

The site was surveyed in July 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 7. [16]


<1> Ordnance Survey, 1902-1907, County Series, Second Edition 25 Inch Map (Map). SEM7190.


<2> Thompson, W.H., 1934, Somerset Regional Survey, P.57 (Monograph). SSO1953.


<3> Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comments, F1. Pitcher, G.H. 17/08/1965. (Unpublished document). SMO5103.


<4> Bury Bridge - Medieval Packhorse Bridge at Brompton Regis (Photograph). SMO1412.


<5> Scheduled Monument Notification , Department of Environment, Ancient Monuments of England 2, 1978, 124 (Index). SMO4073.


<6> Department of the Environment, List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest , Dulverton Rural District, Somerset. -/09/1955, 1 (Index). SMO5109.


<7> Johnson, S.M. + Scott-Giles, C.W., 1933, British Bridges, An Illustrated Technical and Historical Record, P.261, illustration (Monograph). SEM7590.


<8> Department of the Environment, List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest , 36th List, District of West Somerset. 04/08/1986, 16 (Index). SMO5109.


<9> Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission, Field Monument Warden Report (Report). SSO1247.


<10> Pevsner, N., 1958, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, P.153 (Monograph). SMO5711.


<11> Binding, H. + Bonham-Carter, V., 1986, Old Dulverton and Around: Dulverton - Bury - Brushford - Exebridge, P.80, Photograph (Monograph). SEM7521.


<12> Dulverton and District Civic Society, 2002, The Book of Dulverton, Brushford, Bury and Exebridge, P.136, 137, Photograph (Monograph). SEM7523.


<13> Bray, L.S., 2010, Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park (Report). SEM7402.


<14> Adkins, L. + Adkins, R.A., 1993, Wimbleball Pumped Storage, Haddeo Route: Archaeological Assessment (Report). SEM7819.


<15> Lawrence, G., 2014, Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13 (Report). SEM8060.


<16> 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 (5A): 1648/9/23
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10810
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11981
  • Local List Status (No)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 92 NW8
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36543
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34595
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31345
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34595
Date Last Edited:Oct 27 2015 2:27PM

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