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Latitude: 50.9955 / 50°59'43"N
Longitude: -4.5008 / 4°30'2"W
OS Eastings: 224607
OS Northings: 124762
OS Grid: SS246247
Mapcode National: GBR K4.KMMR
Mapcode Global: FRA 16GH.2DF
Entry Name: Bow Bridge
Listing Date: 2 June 1977
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1104443
English Heritage Legacy ID: 91223
Location: Hartland, Torridge, Devon, EX39
Civil Parish: Hartland
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Hartland St Nectan
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
HARTLAND ABBEY PARK
SS 22 SW
3/157 Bow Bridge
Road bridge over Abbey River. Medieval with C18 or C19 widening and C20 parapets.
Two narrow straight-sided openings with 2-centred arches of rubble voussoirs. The
west face has a cutwater on the central pier and its abutments are canted. The east
face has the same arrangement but no canting to its abutments.
Development: the downstream (west) half of the bridge is earliest and suggests a
hump-backed form with the carriageway narrower than the approach road and a refuge
on each side. From underneath it can be seen that the bridge was later widened by
building against the upstream (east) side in like manner. The soffits of the
widened arch differ from the original in that put log holes still show how the
centering for the arches was carried. In recent times the roadway on each side has
been raised up to eliminate the hump, the parapets have been rebuilt with half-round
tops and the refuges eliminated.
This picturesque little bridge is probably a remnant of pre-Reformation Hartland
The earliest reference to Bow Bridge is in 1682 but probably it is also referred to
in 1605 - 6 when "the governors of the church goods" paid Francis Bremelcombe a ls
l1d in allowance of mony by hym defraid in repairing Abbey Bridge".
Source: Hartland and West Country Chronicle April 1911 - Bow Bridge R. Pearse
Listing NGR: SS2460724762
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