MSO8842 - Bury Bridge (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]

Sources/Archives (17)

  • <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: Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission. Field Monument Warden Report.
  • <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.



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

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  • 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
  • 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

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Apr 11 2022 1:11PM


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