Barle Bridge

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Barle Bridge
Dulverton bridge.jpg
Barle Bridge at Dulverton
Coordinates51°02′22″N 3°33′11″W / 51.0394°N 3.5531°W / 51.0394; -3.5531Coordinates: 51°02′22″N 3°33′11″W / 51.0394°N 3.5531°W / 51.0394; -3.5531
CarriesB3222
CrossesRiver Barle
LocaleDulverton, Somerset, England
Heritage statusAncient monument
Characteristics
DesignArch bridge
MaterialStone
No. of spans5
History
Construction startMiddle Ages

Barle Bridge is a five span stone arch bridge over the River Barle in Dulverton within the English county of Somerset, which is medieval in origin. It has been scheduled as an ancient monument and is a Grade II listed building.[1][2]

History[edit]

The bridge was built in the Middle Ages at the site of an earlier ford.[3][4]

It was repaired in 1624,[5] and subsequently widened in 1819 by John Stone.[6] It was further repaired in 1866 and in 1952–1953 after flood damage.[7]

The bridge is included in the Dulverton Conservation Area Appraisal.[8]

Architecture[edit]

The bridge which is built of local stone has five arches.[3]

The bridge has double rings on the downstream side and single rings on the upstream side.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historic England. "Barle Bridge (1006179)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Barle Bridge at NGR SS 9120 2782 (1247899)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b "MSO9331 - Barle Bridge, Dulverton". Exmoor Historic Environment Record. Exmoor National Park. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  4. ^ Gathercole, Clare. "English Heritage Extensive Urban Survey An archaeological assessment of Dulverton" (PDF). Somerset County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Barle Bridge". Pastscape. English Heritage. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b Otter, R.A. (1994). Civil Engineering Heritage: Southern England. London: Thomas Telford Ltd. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-7277-1971-3.
  7. ^ "Barle Bridge at NGR SS 9120 2782". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 14 December 2008.
  8. ^ Fisher, John. "Dulverton Conservation Area Appraisal" (PDF). Exmoor National Park. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.