MDE21200 - Post-medieval footbridge over River Heddon at A39 (Monument)


A foot bridge appears to have been removed as part of works to make way for the present A39.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A foot bridge is depicted and labelled on the 25 inch 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps. It carries a footpath heading from the south towards Parracombe over the River Heddon. [1,2] The Devon SMR / HER noted that there was "No sign of footbridge on os 6" (1963) map" [3,4]. This is because this area was reorganised when the A39 was constructed through the site; it is not clear, but the bridge appears to have been removed when this occurred, before 1938. At this stage, the route of the waterway was moved and the site of the bridge buried under an embankment for the road. [5,6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. [Mapped feature: #33712 ]
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1963. 6 Inch Map: 1963.
  • <4> Archive: Devon County Council. Various. Devon SMR / HER records / parish files - Exmoor records.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1928-1938. 6 Inch Map: 1928-1938, 3rd Edition. 1:10560. 1938.
  • <6> Verbal communication: Various. 1999-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 26 November 2019.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 31586
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 31587
  • Devon SMR: SS64SE/140
  • Devon SMR: SS64SE/140/1
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21199
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)



Grid reference SS 6750 4409 (point)
Map sheet SS64SE

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Record last edited

Nov 26 2019 2:23PM


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