Smith's Bridge

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II*

List Entry Number: 1119407

Date first listed: 11-Jul-1951

Date of most recent amendment: 30-Jun-2015

Location Description:

Statutory Address: River Yeo, Bradford Abbas, Dorset, DT9 6RE

Map

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Location

Statutory Address: River Yeo, Bradford Abbas, Dorset, DT9 6RE

Location Description:

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

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Bradford Abbas

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset (District Authority)

Parish: Clifton Maybank

National Grid Reference: ST5896314032

Summary

A road bridge over the River Yeo, built in the later C16, with the north-west parapet being rebuilt in 1972 and again in 2009 after being demolished by vehicle strikes.

Reasons for Designation

Smith’s Bridge, a multi-span road bridge of the late C16, with the north-west parapet being rebuilt in 1972 and 2009, is listed at Grade II* for the following principal reasons:

* Architectural interest: as an enduring construction of a simple design, with good-quality materials and detailing; * Date: as an important example of a Tudor road bridge; * Survival: Smith's Bridge survives in its original form, and retains its original masonry and features; * Historic interest: as a surviving testament to the evolution of road transport during the Tudor period.

History

Smith's Bridge stands to the south of Bradford Abbas and carries a narrow, sunken road across the River Yeo. Although the bridge is mentioned in the ‘Itinerary of John Leland in or About the Years 1535-1543’, the present structure was probably built in the later C16. In 1972 the whole of the north-west parapet was demolished by a vehicle strike and subsequently rebuilt using the original stones. The north-west parapet was again demolished by a vehicle strike in 2009 and rebuilt using a mixture of original and new stones.

Details

A road bridge, built in the later C16, with the north-west parapet being rebuilt in 1972 and again in 2009 after being demolished by vehicle strikes.

MATERIALS: of limestone ashlar.

DESCRIPTION: the bridge is aligned north-east to south-west and has two, four-centered arches with chamfered voussoirs which die into the abutments and central pier. The north-west (upstream) and south-east (downstream) sides both have a central, triangular-shaped cutwater. At road level there is an oversailing course surmounted by low parapet walls which is in turn surmounted by a wrought-iron railing. The coping stones are held together by wrought-iron clamps set in lead.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 105541

Legacy System: LBS

Sources

Books and journals
The Royal Commission on Historical Monuments: West Dorset, Volume 1, (1952), 148
McFetrich, D, Parsons, J, Discover Dorset Bridges, (1998), 23
Wallis, A J , Dorset Bridges A History and Guide, (1974), 73

End of official listing