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Rode Bridge

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: Rode Bridge

List entry Number: 1006180


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

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Rode

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Tellisford

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 07-Apr-1953

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: SO 269

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

Multi span bridge called Rode Bridge.

Reasons for Designation

The Turnpike Acts, which enabled tolls to be levied on road users during the 18th century, revolutionised highway maintenance. The bridges, roads and infrastructure built and maintained as a result revolutionised road travel. The multi span bridge called Rode Bridge formed part of this extensive new and improved road network and retains many of its original features and form.


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This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 13 August 2015. This 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.

This monument includes a multi span bridge which crosses the River Frome on the north western side of the settlement of Rode. The bridge survives as a stone built structure with two main semi- circular arches and four similarly shaped subsidiary flood arches, ashlar parapets with copings, and a cutwater to the south which rises into a pedestrian refuge. Over the main stream it measures approximately 13m long and 3.5m wide, to the east is a causeway of approximately 15m in length with two flood arches and to the west a similar causeway of approximately 38m long with a further two flood arches. In the refuge is a vertical slab which bears the inscription ‘North Bridge / Rode Bridge’. It was built in around 1777 for Black Dog Turnpike Trust. The bridge is listed Grade II.

Selected Sources

PastScape Monument No:-207898

National Grid Reference: ST 80237 54309


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