MSO8018 - Medieval packhorse bridge at Allerford (Building)


A medieval stone packhorse bridge of two segmental arches with a cobbled footway and local red sandstone parapets. It has a central cutwater to the east side.

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[SS 9060 4691] F.B. (NAT) [1] Allerford Bridge, a packhorse bridge of two segmental arches, with a roadway width of 4 feet. [2] Scheduled. [3] The bridge is as described. See GP AO/65/181/6. [4,9] Grade II*. Probably of medieval origin. Restored. Narrow stone bridge on two segmental arches, cobbled footway, stone parapets. Central cutwater to east side. Scheduled Ancient Monument (Somerset County No 212). (Photograph in NMR) . [5,6] Additional bibliography. [7,8] One small low layered stone cutwater upstream. The arches are shallow and flattened in shape. The bridge and cobbled path are in very good repair. There is an adjacent ford. [10] Scheduling affirmed with new national number (was Somerset 200) on 3 September 2002. [11] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 7. [12] 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. [13] The site was surveyed in June 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 8. [14] The feature is depicted and labelled "FB" (or footbridge) on the 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 (17)

  • <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 Unpublished document: PALMER, JP.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, 22 July 1963.
  • <5> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . DOE (HHR) Williton RD Somer (March 1962) 71.
  • <6> Index: 2/1/1986. Thirty-fifth List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, District of West Somerset (Somerset)/Exmoor National Park.
  • <7> Monograph: Jervoise, E.. 1930. The Ancient Bridges of the South of England. Architectural Press. P. 113-4.
  • <8> Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1958. The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset. Penguin Books. P. 76.
  • <10> Report: Various. Various. Field Monument Warden Report. Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission.
  • <11> Unpublished document: English Heritage. 25/9/2002. English Heritage to Somerset County Council.
  • <12> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <13> Unpublished document: Fisher, J.. 2004. Allerford Conservation Area Character Appraisal.
  • <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>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #42913 ]
  • <16> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36812, Extant 11 May 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 9051 4691 (11m by 8m) MasterMap
Map sheet SS94NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (4A): 1076/25/73
  • 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): MSO10706
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11995
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW17
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA167468
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36812
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34625
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31202

Record last edited

May 11 2022 11:57AM


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