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MSO9331 - Barle Bridge, Dulverton

ENPHER Number:MSO9331
Name:Barle Bridge, Dulverton
Type of Record:Building
Grid Reference:SS 9120 2781
Parish:DULVERTON, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Summary

Barle Bridge is a stone bridge of medieval origin with five segmental pointed arches. It has been widened on the upstream side, possibly in 1819, and much restored.

Images

Barle Bridge from the north, 2009  © Exmoor National Park Authority

Barle Bridge from the north, 2009 © Exmoor National Park Authority

Barle Bridge from the south, 2009  © Exmoor National Park Authority

Barle Bridge from the south, 2009 © Exmoor National Park Authority

Barle Bridge from the southwest, 2009  © Exmoor National Park Authority

Barle Bridge from the southwest, 2009 © Exmoor National Park Authority

Monument Types

  • BRIDGE (Medieval to Modern - 1066 AD to 2050 AD (Unclassified))
  • FORD (AD 18th Century to AD 19th Century - 1700 AD to 1825 AD? (Unclassified))

Designated Status

  • Listed Building (II) 1247899: BARLE BRIDGE AT NGR SS 9120 2782
  • Scheduled Monument 1006179: Barle Bridge
  • Conservation Area: Dulverton Conservation Area

Description

Barle Bridge is located at SS 91202782. [1]

Barle Bridge has five pointed arches with double arch-rings, and has been widened by about 5 feet on the upstream side, possibly in 1819. A carved stone on the outside of this parapet records that the bridge was repaired in 1624 and 1819. [2]

Barle Bridge is a stone bridge of mediaeval origin, much restored. Some restoration is recent, following 1952 flood damage. There are five segmental pointed arches, cutwater buttresses with weather capping between the arches each side. Some of the weather capping has been restored. The bridge has stone parapets with copings. [3]

The road bridge over the River Barle is medieval in origin. It was repaired in 1624, subsequently widened in 1819 by John Stone, and repaired in 1866 and 1952-3 after flood damage. The bridge is constructed with local stone, random rubble, rubble voussoirs, ashlar string course, flat coping to parapet and 3 tier stepped coping to the buttresses. The bridge has a five arch span with pointed cutwater buttresses between 4-centred arch openings. There is said to be a tablet on the exterior of the parapet inscribed "This bridge repaired in the year of Our Lord God 1624" and "John Stone 1819". The bridge is a Scheduled Monument (Somerset County No 267). [6, 7]

Barle Bridge is an impressive stone bridge with arches not markedly pointed. There are four cutwaters on both sides. The pointing on the tow end is somewhat old. The stone coping is comparatively new. The steeped cutwaters on the north side have been repaired recently. [9]

The bridge is included in the Dulverton Conservation Area, which was created in December 1994. [13]

The Old Causeway and Ford used to cross the river before the bridge was widened in the early 1800s. [14]

The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 7. [16]

The building was visited in February 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 4A. [17]

Will of John Sydenham 1558 of Combe Dulverton said to give six shillings and eight pence to the maintenance of the bridge at Dulverton. [18]

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. [19]


<1> Ordnance Survey, 1976, 1:10000 Map, 1976 (Map). SEM7578.


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


<3> Department of the Environment, List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest , Dulverton Rural District, Somerset. -/09/1955. 6 (Index). SMO5109.


<4> Thompson, W.H., 1934, Somerset Regional Survey, P.57 (Monograph). SSO1953.


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


<6> Department of the Environment, List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest , 36th List. District of West Somerset. 04/08/1986 (Index). SMO5109.


<7> Bently, J.B. + Murless, B.J., 1985, Somerset Roads (Monograph). SSO804.


<8> Ordnance Survey, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Record Card, 1985, SS92NW14 (Index). SEM7441.


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


<10> Aston, M. + Leech, R., 1977, Historic Towns in Somerset, P.43 (Monograph). SMO5527.


<11> Binding, H. + Bonham-Carter, V., 1986, Old Dulverton and Around: Dulverton - Bury - Brushford - Exebridge, Front cover photograph. P.32 (Monograph). SEM7521.


<12> Gathercole, C., 2003, English Heritage Extensive Urban Survey: An Archaeological Assessment of Dulverton, P.5, 7, 16 (Article in monograph). SEM7096.


<13> Fisher, J., c.2003, Dulverton Conservation Area Appraisal, p7-9, 13, Photograph (Unpublished document). SEM6958.


<14> Dulverton and District Civic Society, 2002, The Book of Dulverton, Brushford, Bury and Exebridge, P.12, 14, 15, 19, 33, Photographs (Monograph). SEM7523.


<15> Siraut, M., 2009, Exmoor: The Making of an English Upland, P.67, 161, Photograph (Monograph). SEM7541.


<16> Bray, L.S., 2010, Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park (Report). SEM7402.


<17> Lawrence, G., 2014, Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13 (Report). SEM8060.


<18> Oral Information or Staff Comments, Email communication from Roy Horlick (Verbal communication). SMO5308.


<19> Gent, T. and Manning, P., 2015, Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015 - Draft (Report). SEM8278.

Related Pages

Other References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (4A): 1648/15/65
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10836
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11226
  • Local List Status (No)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 92 NW14
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36559
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31396
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33563
Date Last Edited:Oct 10 2016 2:00PM

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