MSO8545 - Winsford Smithy Bridge (Building)

Summary

Winsford Smithy Bridge is a packhorse bridge of medieval origin over the Winn Brook, restored in 1952. It has a single semicircular arch.

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Full Description

(SS 9055 3489) FB (NAT) [1] Winsford Smithy Bridge on the River Winn is a 17th Century packhorse bridge with one segmental arch and a roadway width of 4 feet 6 inches. [2] Scheduled. [3] The bridge is as described above [11-13]. [4] Winsford Smithy Packhorse Bridge spans to Winn Brook at SS 9055 3488. It is as described by source 2 and is the most picturesque, interesting and important bridge in Winsford on the Winn Brook; it is not, however, scheduled as an ancient monument, this distinction being reserved for a very nondescript Bridge at SS 9062 3490 (SAM Som 197). [5] Packhorse bridge over Winn Brook. Medieval in origin, restored 1952. Red sandstone random rubble, rubble voussoirs, hit and miss coping. Single span, semi-circular arch bridge. Remains of pebble pathway. Scheduled Ancient Monument (Somerset County No 197). (Photograph in NMR). [6] A replacement reinforced concrete arch bridge was built close by in 1928 and designed by Edward Stead, County Surveyor. The bridge has a stringcourse and level coping.The bridge is 12 feet in span. [7] Monument scheduled on 11 August 2003. [9] There has been confusion as to the scheduled status of this site and whether it was Monument Somerset 197. [10] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 4. [14] The building was visited in March 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 5A. [15] The site was surveyed in March 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 3. [16] A packhorse bridge crossing the River Winn of a medieval date and also an Ancient Monument, but much smaller and lower than MSO8541 to the north with a shallow arched single span, mainly of red sandstone rubble with end-on bedded coping, and some dressed stone to abutment and voussoir. It was restored in 1952. [17] An historic photograph of the bridge is held by Winsford Archive. [19]

Sources/Archives (19)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1904.
  • <2> Monograph: Thompson, W.H.. 1934. Somerset Regional Survey. 57.
  • <3> Index: Ministry of Works. 1961. List of Ancient Monuments of England and Wales. 84.
  • <4> Unpublished document: PITCHER, GHP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey Field Investigation, 11 August 1965.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. CFW, 8 July 1986.
  • <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: Greenfield, D.. 1998. Somerset's Early Reinforced Concrete Bridges.
  • <8> Monograph: Jervoise, E.. 1930. The Ancient Bridges of the South of England. Architectural Press. 110.
  • <9> Unpublished document: English Heritage. 20/8/2003. English Heritage to Somerset County Council.
  • <10> Unassigned: Webster, Chris Somerset County Council. 26/8/2003.
  • <11> Photograph: FROM SOUTH. 99/E/14. B/W.
  • <12> Photograph: FROM NORTH. 99/E/13. B/W.
  • <13> Photograph: WINSFORD SMITHY BRIDGE - 17TH CENTURY PACKHORSE BRIDGE AT WINSFORD FROM NORTH WEST. OS65/F185/7. B/W. MICROFILM.
  • <14> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <15> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <16> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.
  • <17> Report: Fisher, J.. 2005. Winsford: Village Character Appraisal. 14-15.
  • <18> Leaflet: Various. 2004. A Winsford Anthology. Image: 19.
  • <19> Archive: Winsford History Society. Various. Winsford Archive.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9054 3488 (2m by 7m) (MasterMap)
Map sheet SS93SW
Civil Parish WINSFORD, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (5A): 1076/19/153
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10785
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12000
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 SW2
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36700
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34637
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31286

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Sep 28 2016 11:56AM

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