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Velator Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Braunton, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1007 / 51°6'2"N

Longitude: -4.1643 / 4°9'51"W

OS Eastings: 248557

OS Northings: 135718

OS Grid: SS485357

Mapcode National: GBR KL.BWC7

Mapcode Global: VH3Q7.RLVK

Entry Name: Velator Bridge

Listing Date: 14 November 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1107101

English Heritage Legacy ID: 98362

Location: Braunton, North Devon, Devon, EX33

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Braunton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Braunton St Brannock

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

SS 43 NE BRAUNTON VELATOR

7/64 Velator Bridge
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- II

Road bridge over River Caen. Probably circa 1815 and probably by James Green, the
County Surveyor. Shale rubble. Single span wide segmental arch with dressed shale
voussoirs. Parapets have vertically coursed shale capping.
Velator Bridge was probably built in association with the reclamation of Braunton
Marsh.
Braunton Marsh was probably reclaimed in the Middle Ages from tidal waters of the
River Taw, but from 1811-15 the marsh was more extensively drained after
authorization by Act of Parliament (1811) as a result of the endeavours of the Lords
of the Manors of Braunton Gorges, Braunton Abbotts, Braunton Arundel and Saunton and
others who had grazing rights on the marshes. They sought to enclose Braunton Marsh
which was regularly flooded by tidal water. 949 acres were reclaimed. John Pascoe
was the surveyor and James Green (County Surveyor) the engineer. The adjacent
Horsey Island to the south east was reclaimed between 1852-1857.
Historically these late enclosures are particularly interesting in Braunton where
the Great Field immediately north of the marsh is one of only 3 open field systems
to survive in England. Although today (1984) there are only 5 farmers on the Great
Field their holdings are still widely dispersed over the field as they were in the
Middle Ages when there were about 100 farmers.
Reference : A H Slee Trans.Devonshire Assoc. (1969) Vol.100, pp.101-110.
W G Hoskins and H P R Finberg, Devonshire Studies pp.265-271 and p.332.


Listing NGR: SS4855735718

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