MSO9409 - Gallox Packhorse Bridge, Dunster (Building)
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[SS 9895 4321] Gallox Bridge [NR].  Gallox Bridge, Dunster, on the River Avill, is a packhorse bridge with two slightly pointed arches and a roadway width of approximately 3 feet 3 inches.  Scheduled.  The bridge is as described above (8).  Gallox Bridge, Grade I, Park Street. Possibly 15th century, narrow stone packhorse bridge. Possibly 15th century. Narrow stone packhorse bridge on two arches, central cutwater to west side. Stone parapets, parapet on one side bordering the approach footpath. (For full description see list.).  Additional bibliography.  A packhorse bridge which spans the River Avill on the southern outskirts of Dunster. It has a roadway width of 1.2 metres, a total width of 1.9 metres amd is 13.5 metres long. It has two arches which are slightly pointed and have double arch rings. The bridge leads to a causeway skirting a ford on the north side. It is still used as a public footbridge, and is a survivor of the simple type of stone bridge to be found in the West Country and elsewhere. It is reputed to be of 15th century date. The bridge is Scheduled and Listed Grade I. It is in the care of the Secretary of State. [7?] Bridge length 10.5 metres and 1.2 metres wide. The two arches are slightly pointed and have double arch rings. Each side has four narrow chamfered ribs. There is a cut-water on the upstream side only. The bridge leads to a causeway skirting a ford on the north side.  Scheduled area revised with new national number on 28 June 1996, was Somerset 149.  The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 0.  The bridge is included within Dunster's Conservation Area.  The building was visited in September 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6.  The site was surveyed in April 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 8.  The structure is depicted at SS 9895 4322 on 2018 MasterMap data. It is labelled "Gallox Bridge". 
- <1> SMO5112 Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 6 inch / 1928-38.
- <2> SSO1953 Monograph: Thompson, W.H.. 1934. Somerset Regional Survey. 57.
- <3> SEM7745 Index: Ministry of Works. 1961. List of Ancient Monuments of England and Wales. P. 84.
- <4> SMO5103 Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comments. 26 May 1965.
- <5> SSO691 Index: 4/8/1983. Twenty-fifth List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. District of West Somerset (Somerset).
- <6> SMO5764 Monograph: Jervoise, E.. 1930. The Ancient Bridges of the South of England. Architectural Press. P. 114.
- <7> SSO1155 Unpublished document: English Heritage. 4.7.1996. English Heritage to Somerset County Council.
- <8> SMO1232 Photograph: GALLOX BRIDGE - POSSIBLE 15TH CENTURY PACKHORSE BRIDGE AT DUNSTER, FROM NORTH EAST. OS65/F124/3. B/W.
- <9> SSO1247 Report: Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission. Field Monument Warden Report.
- <10> SMO4073 Index: Scheduled Monument Notification . 28 June 1996.
- <11> SEM7402 Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
- <12> SEM7910 Unpublished document: Fisher, J.. 2002. Dunster Conservation Area Character Appraisal. p19.
- <13> SEM8060 Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
- <14> SEM8278 Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.
- <15>XY SEM8545 Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #41250 ]
|Grid reference||Centred SS 9895 4322 (16m by 33m)|
|Civil Parish||DUNSTER, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=36854 (Original Monarch entry: 36854)
- 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 26/4/73
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11991
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12110
- Guardianship Monument
- Guardianship Number: 194
- Listed Building List Entry UID: 264705
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SE3
- National Park: Exmoor National Park
- Pastscape / NRHE HOB UID: 36854
- Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34621
- Somerset SMR PRN: 34973
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