MDE20310 - Post-medieval footbridge northeast of Town Farm (Building)


A hump backed single span footbridge is believed to date to 1843 and apparently replaced an earlier wooden bridge destroyed by flooding.

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Footbridge. Probably 19th Century. Stone rubble with upright rubble-stone capping to parapet and rough stone voussoirs. Hump-backed footbridge. Single span, segmental arch. Slightly splayed abutments. Exposed rubble pathway. Situated virtually at right-angles to road over stream running parallel to road. [1] The footbridge was not assessed during the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. [2] A note in the Exmoor Review states that the packhorse bridge at Challacombe was constructed in 1843 to replace a wooden bridge destroyed by flood. There is also a poem about the bridge. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . HHR: Challacombe (18 March 1986) 49.
  • <2> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <3> Serial: Exmoor Society. 1959-present. Exmoor Review. Volume 30 (1989), "Challacombe packhorse bridge", p53 (MJ Scott).

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (Not visited): 1615/2/75
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 39981
  • Devon SMR: SS64SE/183
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)



Grid reference Centred SS 6918 4073 (2m by 6m)
Map sheet SS64SE

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Record last edited

Jul 24 2019 11:02AM


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