MSO8842 - Bury Bridge, Bury (Building)


A narrow, medieval, stone, packhorse bridge of four arches over the River Haddeo.

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Bury Bridge foot bridge is marked 'F.B.' at SS 9445 2746, on the 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map. [1] Bury Bridge, on the River Haddeo, has four arches and a roadway, with a width of approximately 6 feet. [2] This bridge carries limited vehicular traffic. It is not of outstanding architectural interest (see photograph). [3, 4] SS 945275. Bury Bridge. Scheduled, Somerset 11. [5] Bury Bridge, over the River Haddeo is a narrow medieval stone pack-horse bridge, on four segmental-pointed arches, with three cutwater buttresses each side. It has high stone parapets. [6] Bury Bridge, of unknown date, is of local stone masonry and consists of four spans, one 10 feet, one 8 feet and two 7 feet long, giving a total length of 63 feet. The carriageway is 6 feet 10 inches wide. [7] Bury Bridge is a packhorse bridge over the River Haddeo. It is medieval, and has been altered subsequently. It consists of flat bedded slate stone, dressed rubble voussoirs, hit and miss coping, and a pebble trackway. It has a four arch span, set skew. The west front (downstream), has two semi-circular arches and two pointed arches, square buttress cutwaters flanking the two northern arches. There are similar openings on the east front, with three pointed cutwaters at the centre. [8] Bury Bridge is a picturesque medieval structure over the River Haddeo, on the line of an ancient road called Fort Lane. There is a ford by the bridge. The bridge has two pointed arches to the south and two lower curving arches to the north. There are three flat buttress-like cutwaters downstream and two pointed cutwaters upstream. The roadway is c1.5 metres across. Part of the road at each end is cobbled. [9] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 provided the site with a score of 3. [13] The bridge 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 July 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 7. [16] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [17] The bridge is mentioned in a publication on the industrial archaeology of Somerset. [18]

Sources/Archives (18)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. County Series; 2nd Edition (1st Revision) 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1905.
  • <2> Monograph: Thompson, W.H.. 1934. Somerset Regional Survey. P.57.
  • <3> Unpublished document: PITCHER, GHP. 1960s. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey, F1, 17 August 1965.
  • <4> Photograph: Pitcher, S.. 1965. Bury Bridge - Medieval Packhorse Bridge at Brompton Regis. OS65/F186/2. B/W. MICROFILM.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Various. Scheduled Monument Notification . Department of Environment, Ancient Monuments of England 2, 1978, 124.
  • <6> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . Dulverton Rural District, Somerset. (September 1955), 1.
  • <7> Monograph: Johnson, S.M. + Scott-Giles, C.W.. 1933. British Bridges, An Illustrated Technical and Historical Record. Public Works, Roads and Transport Congress. P.261, illustration.
  • <8> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . 36th List, District of West Somerset (4 August 1986), 16.
  • <9> Report: Various. Various. Field Monument Warden Report. Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission.
  • <10> Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1958. The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset. Penguin Books. P.153.
  • <11> Monograph: Binding, H. + Bonham-Carter, V.. 1986. Old Dulverton and Around: Dulverton - Bury - Brushford - Exebridge. The Exmoor Press. P.80, Photograph.
  • <12> Monograph: Dulverton and District Civic Society. 2002. The Book of Dulverton, Brushford, Bury and Exebridge. Halsgrove. P.136, 137, Photograph.
  • <13> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <14> Report: Adkins, L. + Adkins, R.A.. 1993. Wimbleball Pumped Storage, Haddeo Route: Archaeological Assessment.
  • <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. Archaedia.
  • <17> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36543, Extant 11 April 2022.
  • <18> Monograph: Daniel, P. (Ed.). 2019. A guide to the industrial archaeology of Somerset. Association for Industrial Archaeology. 2nd Edition. p 67, W8.1.

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (5A): 1648/9/23
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10810
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11981
  • Local Heritage List Status (Rejected)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 92 NW8
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36543
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34595
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31345



Grid reference Centred SS 9446 2745 (12m by 24m) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS92NW

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Oct 11 2022 12:48PM


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