MSO8006 - New Bridge, Allerford (Building)

Summary

A medieval stone bridge, with a central pointed arch, and a half-arch each side. It was reported to be in poor condition in 1628 and repaired in 1630. It also bears a datestone of 1866.

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Full Description

(SS 89994665). New Bridge (NAT) [1] The 'New Bridge between Selworthy and Luckombe' was built before 1628, at which date it was reported to be in great decay. £60 was spent on repairs in 1630, but an inquiry was ordered to be made into it in 1647. It has been rebuilt and bears the date 1866. [2] II* Allerford New Bridge (Partly in Luccombe parish). Mediaeval stone bridge, central pointed arch, half-arch each side. Stone parapets, cutwater buttresses each side, 3 stone steps from sub-arch to water level at the south west corner, similar steps at the north east corner. Ancient Monument. [3] SS 900466. Allerford New Bridge. Scheduled. [4] Local stone random rubble. Single span flanked by cutwaters with half arch spans. Scheduled Ancient Monument (Somerset County No 230). [5] Medieval stone bridge of one main pointed arch with an 18 foot span. At each side of this is a half arch. There are cutwaters between the north upstream and downstream , pointed except for the east one on the south upstream side which has been remade square. The half arches are flood arches, their floors being approximately 5 feet above the water line. The bridge was widened on the north side (downstream) approximately 0.2 metres, and a stone in the north parapet reads LP\SP 1866 and may refer to this widening. Forms part of the A39 road. The downstream piers are reinforced stones held in metalmesh. [6] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 3. [7] The building was visited in May 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 4A. [8] The 1841 Luccombe Tithe map indicates the presence of a bridge at this location. The Selworthy Tithe map, also of 1841, does not depict a bridge, but does indicate that a road somehow crosses a watercourse. [10, 11] The site was surveyed in June 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 3. [12]

Sources/Archives (12)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 1:10 000 1975.
  • <2> Monograph: Jervoise, E.. 1930. The Ancient Bridges of the South of England. Architectural Press. 113.
  • <3> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . DOE(HHR) Williton RD, Somer (March 1962) 80.
  • <4> Index: Department of the Environment (IAM). 1978. List of Ancient Monuments of England and Wales 1978. P124.
  • <5> Index: 2/1/1986. Thirty-fifth List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, District of West Somerset (Somerset)/Exmoor National Park.
  • <6> Report: Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission. Field Monument Warden Report.
  • <7> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <8> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . DOE(HHR) West Somer Dist (Exford et al) Somerset (2 Jan 1986) 34.
  • <9> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <10> Map: Collard Cox, W.. 1841. Luccombe Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <11> Map: 1841. Selworthy Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <12> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8998 4665 (18m by 15m)
Map sheet SS84NE
Civil Parish LUCCOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET
Civil Parish SELWORTHY, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (4A): 1076/3/62
  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 3 fluvial
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10695
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11997
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7322
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE15
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35871
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34627
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31191

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Nov 2 2015 3:36PM

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