MSO7729 - Malmsmead Bridge (Building)


A 17th Century stone bridge over Badgworthy Water and the county boundary between Devon and Somerset, with two round arches. It is adjacent to a ford.

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Full Description

(SS 79194772) Malmsmead Bridge (NAT) [1] Malmsmead Bridge, over the Badgworthy Water, is 17th century and has two round arches, each 8 feet 6 inches wide. [2] Scheduled. [3] The bridge is as described. See ground photographs. [4] No change. [5] 12/5 Grade II Malmsmead Bridge. Graceful stone bridge on 2 semi-circular head arches, cutwater buttress each side, parapets. Ancient Monument. [7] Grade II Packhorse Bridge over Badgworthy Water, 17th to 18th century in date. Random rubble localstone. Two arch span, semi-circular headed arches, cutwater buttresses between on both sides, rubble voussoirs, hit and miss coping. [8] Malmsmead Bridge, centred at SS 79194772, as as described by the Department of Environment listing. It is still in use for road traffic, and there is a ford adjacent to it on the northern side. [9] Scheduled as Somerset County No. 35. [11] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a score of 8. [12] The building was visited in September 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 4A. [13] The site was surveyed in May 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 8. [14] The bridge is depicted and labelled on 2020 MasterMap data. [15] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [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 Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Mid 1960s. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 1 July 1965.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comments. P Stevens, 29 January 1975.
  • <6> Report: Depart of Environment. 1971. Ancient Monuments of England. P. 192.
  • <7> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . DOE (HHR) Williton RD Somer Mar 1962 53.
  • <8> Index: 2/1/1986. Thirty-fifth List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, District of West Somerset (Somerset)/Exmoor National Park.
  • <9> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 25 November 1993.
  • <10> Collection: Hesketh-Roberth, M.. 1996. MALMSMEAD BRIDGE, BRENDON.
  • <11> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. E Dennison, Somerset County Council, 20 July 1988.
  • <12> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <13> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <14> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015. Archaedia.
  • <15> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500.
  • <16> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35099, Extant 2 December 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (4A): 1076/1/38
  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS74NE/510
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12219
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE1221
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20272
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10671
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11972
  • Local List Status (No)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NE1
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NBR Index Number: 76737
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35099
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31162
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34586



Grid reference Centred SS 7918 4772 (16m by 12m) MasterMap
Map sheet SS74NE

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Dec 2 2021 1:04PM


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