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Footbridge over the River Divelish

List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: Footbridge over the River Divelish

List entry Number: 1110485


Dark Lane, Fifehead Neville, Dorset

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

County: Dorset

District: North Dorset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Fifehead Neville

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 04-Oct-1960

Date of most recent amendment: 03-Jul-2015

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 102502

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Building

A packhorse bridge, probably medieval in date, with some later restoration.

Reasons for Designation

The medieval packhorse bridge at Fifehead Neville is listed at Grade II* for the following principal reasons:

* Relative date: the bridge is a good survival of a medieval bridge, which, despite later repair, retains the majority of its early fabric; * Architectural interest: it is a neatly-made structure with very well constructed, pointed arches to the spans; * Historic interest: its form, without parapets, illustrates clearly how the bridge allowed laden pack animals to cross, before transport of goods by cart became the norm.


The footbridge bridge at Fifehead Neville probably dates from the medieval period. It was constructed as a packhorse bridge, without a parapet, to avoid animals’ side packs hitting as they crossed the bridge. Some restoration has taken place over its long life. A timber handrail was added in the C20.


A packhorse bridge, probably medieval in date, with some later restoration.

MATERIALS The bridge is constructed from coursed rubble stone, with timber railings.

DESCRIPTION The bridge, which is six feet (circa 2m) wide and spans 34 feet (circa 10m), is of two spans. It has two pointed, almost straight-sided arches and a central pier, which has a full-height, pointed cutwater on the upstream side; there is no cutwater on the downstream side. It has a kerb of rubble stones set on edge. The C20 timber railings have a single top-rail set diamond-wise, and cantilevered out from the structure of the bridge.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset: Volume III, (1970), 93
McFetrich, D, Parsons, J, Discover Dorset Bridges, (1998), 36
Wallis, A J , Dorset Bridges A History and Guide, (1974), 77-8 & illus.

National Grid Reference: ST7718911146


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