MSO7319 - Packhorse Bridge, West Luccombe (Building)


West Luccombe packhorse bridge is of late medieval date, with one pointed segmental arch.

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Full Description

SS 8987 4610] F.B. [T.I.] (NAT) [1] West Luccombe packhorse bridge of one pointed arch with a roadway width of 3 ft. Well preserved. [2] Scheduled. [3] This is a well preserved packhorse bridge. [4,7?] (SS 89874610) Packhorse Bridge (NR). [5] II* Packhorse bridge. Late medieval. Red sandstone with a cobbled footway. Single span, pointed segmental arch, splayed abutments, parapet swept back at approaches. Scheduled Ancient Monument (Somerset County No 29). [6] Crossing the Horner Water. A single arch bridge supported on rock face on the northside and on stone built pier on the south. Pathway 1 metre wide and 7 metres in length. The cobbled surface of large stones is not complete. A 19th century bridge carries the roadway across the stream nearby. [8] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a score of 0. [9] 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. [10] This structure was clearly present but not annotated on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. The 2nd and 3rd Edition maps were annotated 'FB' for the presence of a footbridge. The 2014 MasterMap annotates the bridge as 'FB' and 'Packhorse Bridge'. The 1841 Luccombe Tithe map indicates the presence of a bridge at this location. [11-15] The site was surveyed in June 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 0. [16]

Sources/Archives (16)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <2> Monograph: Thompson, W.H.. 1934. Somerset Regional Survey. P. 57.
  • <3> Index: Ministry of Works. 1961. List of Ancient Monuments of England and Wales. P. 84.
  • <4> Unpublished document: PITCHER, GHP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 21 July 1965.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 1:10000 / 1975.
  • <6> Index: 5/6/1985. 34th List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, District of West Somerset (Somerset).
  • <8> Report: Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission. Field Monument Warden Report.
  • <9> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <10> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <11> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <12> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <13> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1933-1938. County Series, Third Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <14> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap.
  • <15> Map: Collard Cox, W.. 1841. Luccombe Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <16> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.



Grid reference Centred SS 8987 4610 (4m by 3m) (MasterMap)
Map sheet SS84NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (4A): 444/1/67
  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 3 fluvial
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 2 fluvial
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 3 fluvial
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10580
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11993
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE9
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA165207
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35855
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34623
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31053

Record last edited

May 11 2021 8:29AM


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