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Latitude: 50.3322 / 50°19'56"N
Longitude: -3.6774 / 3°40'38"W
OS Eastings: 280713
OS Northings: 49378
OS Grid: SX807493
Mapcode National: GBR QN.0GYH
Mapcode Global: FRA 3855.54Z
Entry Name: Bow Bridge
Listing Date: 25 March 1991
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1325142
English Heritage Legacy ID: 99819
Location: Blackawton, South Hams, Devon, TQ9
District: South Hams
Civil Parish: Blackawton
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Blackawton St Michael
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX84NW Bow Bridge
Bridge over a stream (The Gara). Late C17 (dated 168-), widened in C18 or
C19. Local slate rubble with dressed slate arch ring.
A single span bridge with a dressed slate segmental arch springing from
straight jambs with chamfered imposts. Low stone rubble parapets with
vertical slate lacing. The parapets continue over long abutments. Inside
the north west parapet there is a stone plaque inscribed "This Bridge was
built by County .......... 168-", part of the inscription is
The bridge was originally about 12 feet wide and widened on the south east
downstream side by about 7 feet, judging by a masonry joint on the underside
of the arch.
James Green the County Surveyor of Bridges, mentions in 1809 that Bow Bridge
on "the great road from Kingsbridge to Dartmouth" had then only a 6 foot
roadway. Therefore if this is the same bridge it would have been widened on
the upstream, north west, side and not on the downstream side as previously
Source: C Henderson and E Jervoise, Old Devon Bridges, pp 29 and 30.
Listing NGR: SX8071349378
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