MSO7320 - Horner Bridge (Building)


A well-preserved packhorse bridge of late medieval date, with one segmental arch. It has also been known as Hacketty Way Bridge.

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Full Description

(SS 89724555) FB (NAT) [1] Horner Bridge over the Horner Water, a packhorse bridge of one segmental arch and a roadway width of 4 ft. [2] Scheduled. [3] This bridge is very well preserved. [4,5] (SS 89724555) Packhorse Bridge (NR). [6] 1/43 22.5.69 II* Packhorse bridge. Late medieval. Coursed red sandstone rubble. Single span segmental headed arch with voussoirs, saddleback coping, plinth around east abutment forming footpath, narrow cobbled pathway, parapets swept back at approaches and partly obscured with ivy at time of survey (June 1984). Also known as Hacketty Way Bridge. Scheduled Ancient Monument (Somerset County No 30). (Photograph in NMR). [7] Narrow bridge with path leading into woodland. Width of path is 1.2 metres and is cobbled. Cobbled approach to the bridge is not continuous. On the west side there are apparent pony trekking routes through the woodland. Arch of bridge high with flattened top. Condition generally very good although there are a few cracks in the coping. No ford at the side of the bridge. [8] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the structure a score of 4. [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 bridge appears to be present on the 1841 Luccombe Tithe map. [11] The site was surveyed in March 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 7. [12] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [13] The area of West Somerset has a concentration of packhorse bridges characterised by narrow roadways and low parapets, to allow horses with panniers to cross. [14]

Sources/Archives (14)

  • <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. 84.
  • <4> Photograph: Pitcher, S.. 1965. HORNER PACKHORSE BRIDGE AT LUCCOMBE FROM SOUTH. OS65/F178/4. B/W. MICROFILM.
  • <5> Unpublished document: PITCHER, GHP. 1960s. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 21 July 1965.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1975. 1:10,000 Map, 1975. 1:10,000.
  • <7> Index: 5/6/1985. 34th List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, District of West Somerset (Somerset). 24.
  • <8> Report: Various. Various. Field Monument Warden Report. Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission.
  • <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: Collard Cox, W.. 1841. Luccombe Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <12> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015. Archaedia.
  • <13> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35858, Extant 3 February 2022.
  • <14> Monograph: Daniel, P. (Ed.). 2019. A guide to the industrial archaeology of Somerset. Association for Industrial Archaeology. 2nd Edition. p 65, W1.1.

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (4A): 444/1/43
  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 2 fluvial
  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 3 fluvial
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10556
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11994
  • Local Heritage List Status (Rejected)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE10
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA165208
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35858
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34624
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31029



Grid reference Centred SS 8972 4554 (6m by 5m)
Map sheet SS84NE

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Oct 10 2022 12:30PM


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