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Postbridge Clapper Bridge

Postbridge Clapper Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 10, 2018

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over East Dart River
Location
Postbridge: South West, England: United Kingdom
Structure Type
Stone Slab, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1380 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1879
Main Span Length
13 Feet (4 Meters)
Structure Length
39 Feet (12 Meters)
Roadway Width
6.5 Feet (1.98 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is one of the finest known examples of a rare archaic bridge type known as a clapper bridge, composed of stone slabs. The date given is when the bridge was first recorded. It is assumed to date to the 1300s and this is the closest estimate of a construction date. Its slabs are over four meters (13 ft) long, two meters (6 ft 6 in) wide and weigh over eight tons each. Reportedly a farmer once knocked a slab into the water trying to create dam, an effort which failed. The bridge was restored in 1879. It was bypassed by a stone arch bridge in the 1700s and left in place.

Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings

Listed At: Grade II*

Discussion:

List Entry Number: 1105432

Clapper bridge over East Dart river. Probably C13 although it may have had more recent repairs. Roughly shaped blocks of granite to the piers with 3 rough granite lintels. 3-span bridge. This bridge is one of the medieval routes across the moor from Exeter to Tavistock. Scheduled Ancient Monument No 406.

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