MSO8671 - New Bridge, Withypool (Building)


A 19th century six-arched stone road bridge over the River Barle at Withypool, which replaced an earlier bridge some 100 metres upstream (MEM25038). It was restored in 1866 and 1983.

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Withypoole Bridge, SS 846 354, Scheduled. (This bridge is not noticed by Jervoise, nor can any other reference to it be traced. The map reference identifies the bridge concerned as that which crosses the River Barle just south of Withypool and is called 'New Bridge' on 1962 6 inch Ordnance Survey map.) [1,2] SS83NW WITHYPOOL CP WITHYPOOL VILLAGE 12/165 Withypool Bridge at NGR 6.4.59 SS 8452 3545 II* Shown on Ordnance Survey map as New Bridge. Road bridge over River Barle, 19th Century, restored in 1866 by John Buslin and William Browner and Son, and in 1983 by Somerset County Council. Flat bedded slate, red sandstone chamfered blocks terminating parapet. Six arch bridge, cutwaters between rising to springers of arches continued as buttresses to just below coping of parapet, dressed flat bedded slat to form saddle back coping, parapets raking back and terminating with buttress piers on north east and south west returns. Date 1983 set in pebbles on breakwater. This bridge replaced an earlier bridge some 100 metres upstream (MEM25038). Scheduled Ancient Monument (Somerset County No 268). (Photograph in NMR). [3] The bridge was descheduled in January 2005. [4] 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 4A. [5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6] The bridge is depicted and labelled "New Bridge" on the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. [7] It is not shown on the Withypool Tithe Map; however, there is a ford at this point, and the earlier bridge (MEM25038) is shown at this time. [8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Various. Scheduled Monument Notification . DOE (IAM) AMs Eng 2 1978 124.
  • <3> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . HHR: West Somer Dist (Exford et al) (1988).
  • <4> Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records. PRN 34590 (confirmation letter from EH).
  • <5> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35757, Extant 10 August 2021.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <8> Map: 1839. Withypool Tithe Map and Apportionment.



Grid reference Centred SS 845 354 (16m by 29m)
Map sheet SS83NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (4A): 1076/12/165
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10797
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11976
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NW9
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35757
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34590
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31300

Record last edited

Aug 10 2021 3:21PM


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