MSO9485 - Old Frackford Bridge, Dunster (Building)
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A double span bridge of local red sandstone spans the River Avill at SS 9846 4325. It is now bypassed by the A396 road bridge. Frackford Bridge was built in 1768 by William and George Rawle (names and date carved in slate on east face). The bridge is overgrown with vegetation and is beginning to deteriorate [1, 3]. The southern parapet of the bridge has partially collapsed, and the overall condition of the bridge continues to deteriorate.  Dated 1768, builders William and George Rawle. Random rubble sandstone. Two semi-circular arches, later triangular coping to parapets, partly overgrown with ivy at time of survey. Date and names carved on slate let into east face. No longer in use, replaced by present single span bridge in 1913.  English Heritage Listed Building Number: 264748. First Listed on 04/08/1983.  The bridge has been recently mended but the slate recording"William and George Rawle Builders 1768" has fallen off leaving only the initial "W".  Stone, Random rubble walls.  The 2002 Conservation Area Character Appraisal for Dunster states that "at the extreme western limit of the conservation area, OldFrackford Bridge is dated 1768 and was built by William and George Rawle, recorded on a slate plaque let into the east face. It consists of twin semi-circular arches and added triangular section coping to the parapets. It was replaced by the present road bridge in 1913."  The bridge was visited in April 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 1A.  This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. 
- <1> SMO7322 Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1998.
- <2> SEM1 Verbal communication: Various. Various. ENPA archaeologist field visit. R Wilson-North, ENPA, 14 Feb 2001.
- <3> SSO691 Index: 4/8/1983. Twenty-fifth List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. District of West Somerset (Somerset).
- <4> SSO2013 Unassigned: Webster CJ, Historic Environment Record. 2005. Staff Comments, Somerset County Council.
- <5> SSO1420 Unpublished document: Nicholson, J. 27/3/2000. Nicholson, J. to Somerset County Council.
- <6> SSO1 Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records.
- <7> SEM7910 Unpublished document: Fisher, J.. 2002. Dunster Conservation Area Character Appraisal. p23.
- <8> SEM8060 Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
- <9> SEM7987 Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1156373, Extant 19 May 2022.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 9846 4325 (13m by 13m)|
|Civil Parish||DUNSTER, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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External Links (1)
- www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1156373 (Original Monarch entry: 1156373)
- 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (1A): 26/4/119
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SE111
- National Park: Exmoor National Park
- NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1156373
- Somerset SMR PRN: 35020
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May 19 2022 2:59PM
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