MSO8006 - New Bridge, Allerford (Building)


A medieval stone bridge, with a central pointed arch, and a half-arch each side. It was reported to be in poor condition in 1628 and repaired in 1630. It also bears a datestone of 1866.

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(SS 89994665). New Bridge (NAT) [1] The 'New Bridge between Selworthy and Luckombe' was built before 1628, at which date it was reported to be in great decay. £60 was spent on repairs in 1630, but an inquiry was ordered to be made into it in 1647. It has been rebuilt and bears the date 1866. [2] II* Allerford New Bridge (Partly in Luccombe parish). Mediaeval stone bridge, central pointed arch, half-arch each side. Stone parapets, cutwater buttresses each side, 3 stone steps from sub-arch to water level at the south west corner, similar steps at the north east corner. Ancient Monument. [3] SS 900466. Allerford New Bridge. Scheduled. [4] Local stone random rubble. Single span flanked by cutwaters with half arch spans. Scheduled Ancient Monument (Somerset County No 230). [5] Medieval stone bridge of one main pointed arch with an 18 foot span. At each side of this is a half arch. There are cutwaters between the north upstream and downstream , pointed except for the east one on the south upstream side which has been remade square. The half arches are flood arches, their floors being approximately 5 feet above the water line. The bridge was widened on the north side (downstream) approximately 0.2 metres, and a stone in the north parapet reads LP\SP 1866 and may refer to this widening. Forms part of the A39 road. The downstream piers are reinforced stones held in metalmesh. [6] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 3. [7] 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. [8] The 1841 Luccombe Tithe map indicates the presence of a bridge at this location. The Selworthy Tithe map, also of 1841, does not depict a bridge, but does indicate that a road somehow crosses a watercourse. [10, 11] The site was surveyed in June 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 3. [12]

Sources/Archives (12)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 1:10 000 1975.
  • <2> Monograph: Jervoise, E.. 1930. The Ancient Bridges of the South of England. Architectural Press. 113.
  • <3> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . DOE(HHR) Williton RD, Somer (March 1962) 80.
  • <4> Index: Department of the Environment (IAM). 1978. List of Ancient Monuments of England and Wales 1978. P124.
  • <5> Index: 2/1/1986. Thirty-fifth List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, District of West Somerset (Somerset)/Exmoor National Park.
  • <6> Report: Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission. Field Monument Warden Report.
  • <7> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <8> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . DOE(HHR) West Somer Dist (Exford et al) Somerset (2 Jan 1986) 34.
  • <9> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <10> Map: Collard Cox, W.. 1841. Luccombe Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <11> Map: 1841. Selworthy Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <12> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.



Grid reference Centred SS 8998 4665 (18m by 15m)
Map sheet SS84NE

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (4A): 1076/3/62
  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 3 fluvial
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10695
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11997
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7322
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE15
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35871
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34627
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31191

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Jan 25 2021 11:50AM


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