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Clapper Bridge, Postbridge

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Clapper Bridge, Postbridge

List entry Number: 1002508

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: West Devon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Dartmoor Forest

National Park: DARTMOOR

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. As these are some of our oldest designation records they do not have all the information held electronically that our modernised records contain. Therefore, the original date of scheduling is not available electronically. The date of scheduling may be noted in our paper records, please contact us for further information.

Date first scheduled: N/A

Date of most recent amendment: N/A

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: DV 406

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

Clapper bridge at Postbridge.

Reasons for Designation

Clapper bridges are structures designed to carry a trackway across a river by means of one, or more, large, flat stone slabs, either resting directly on the river banks or supported on dry stone piers. Many examples comprise a single slab while multi-span clapper bridges typically have between two and five spans. They were used by foot passengers and packhorse traffic and are frequently located on the course of a packhorse track. Although some clapper bridges are thought to be of prehistoric origin there is no evidence for this. It may be that surviving prehistoric monuments in the immediate vicinity of clapper bridges, such as those on Exmoor and Dartmoor has led to this assumption. It is more likely that clapper bridges were constructed and used from the late medieval period, around 1400 to the 19th century. They are found in areas of the country where the local rock yields large slabs of stone. Clapper bridges are very rare monuments with only just over 40 recorded nationally.

The clapper bridge at Postbridge is the best known archaeological monument on Dartmoor and is the focus of considerable visitor attention. The bridge is very picturesque and represents the finest clapper bridge in Devon.

History

See Details.

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 3 November 2015. The record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes a clapper bridge spanning the East Dart River within the hamlet of Postbridge. The bridge is supported upon two granite piers set into the river bed, each consisting of seven horizontally laid slabs. These piers are spanned by three substantial granite slabs leading to two abutments at either end. Steps leading up onto these abutments provide pedestrian access to the bridge. The bridge is of a medieval type, but much of what survives today probably dates to after 1670, when the bridge was reported as being in decay. The bridge is Listed Grade II*.

Selected Sources

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details

National Grid Reference: SX 64829 78901

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