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Devils Backbone Bridge or Old Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in North Huish, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4117 / 50°24'41"N

Longitude: -3.813 / 3°48'46"W

OS Eastings: 271279

OS Northings: 58435

OS Grid: SX712584

Mapcode National: GBR QD.PJ7C

Mapcode Global: FRA 27XY.SFF

Plus Code: 9C2RC56P+MR

Entry Name: Devils Backbone Bridge or Old Bridge

Listing Date: 11 November 1952

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1325036

English Heritage Legacy ID: 101386

Location: North Huish, South Hams, Devon, TQ10

County: Devon

District: South Hams

Civil Parish: North Huish

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Diptford St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Devil's Backbone Bridge or Old Bridge




Road bridge over River Avon, originally a packhorse bridge. Probably C17, widened probably in C18 or early C19. Stone rubble with dressed stone arch rings. Large single round arch of about 8m span. Originally a packhorse bridge of about 2m wide overall and possibly without parapets. In the C18 or early C19 it was widened by about 1m on the upstream west side and parapets added on both sides. The original arch showing on the downstream east side has unchamfered double arch rings above which the later parapet is corbelled out on large rough slates; the parapet coping on this side is of stone rubble. On the west upstream side the arch ring is single and also unchamfered and the parapet has granite coping. The abutments splay out at either end of the bridge and are built on the exposed slate bedrock of the river banks. A C20 buttress on the east side of the north abutment.

This entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 29 September 2016.

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