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Latitude: 51.0848 / 51°5'5"N
Longitude: -4.0609 / 4°3'39"W
OS Eastings: 255746
OS Northings: 133736
OS Grid: SS557337
Mapcode National: GBR KQ.CYX2
Mapcode Global: FRA 26C8.5Q8
Entry Name: Pilton Bridge and Causeway South of Pilton Quay Including Gates and Piers to Pilton Park
Listing Date: 31 August 1988
Last Amended: 29 September 1999
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1385258
English Heritage Legacy ID: 485720
Location: Barnstaple, North Devon, Devon, EX31
District: North Devon
Civil Parish: Barnstaple
Built-Up Area: Barnstaple
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Pilton with Ashford
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SS5533 PILTON CAUSEWAY, Pilton
684-1/6/309 Pilton Bridge and causeway S of
31/08/88 Pilton Quay, incl gates & piers to
(Formerly Listed as:
PILTON BRIDGE AND CAUSEWAY, Pilton
Whole length of bridge & causeway
from Pilton Quay ... to bridge over
Bridge and causeway crossing and skirting the River Yeo. 1451,
bridge rebuilt 1678; both widened by 3m in 1821.
Bridge is of rubble with coping of chamfered granite blocks.
It has 2 round arches springing from a central pier with low
cutwater on W side (E side is buried under late C20
roadworks). Above the cutwater is a shallow buttress rising to
a plain string course just above the voussoirs of the arches.
Similar buttress at S end. Parapet on W side only. The
underside of the bridge (seen from a distance) seems to show
evidence of 2 builds.
Parapet, complete with chamfered granite coping, continues
right down the western side of the causeway, interrupted by 4
gates. The most northerly of these is a late C20 insertion,
but the middle 2 (entering Pilton Park) are mid or late C19
with square stone ashlar piers and moulded tops; the low
pyramidal caps appear to have been replaced in concrete.
Original cast-iron gates survive, with spearheads and circular
panels containing flowers; at the bottom a pair of
intersecting diagonal braces with a boss bearing an illegible
inscription. Southern gate, also leading into the park, has
square piers of coursed stone rubble with pyramidal caps
encased in cement.
HISTORICAL NOTE: in 1451 Bishop Lacey granted an indulgence to
penitents contributing to the bridge and causeway between
Pilton and Barnstaple. In 1897, during work on the Lynton and
Barnstaple railway, a 2-foot square stone was found,
inscribed: `This causeway and the bridge were widened ten feet
by public subscription in the year 1821 Shaddick and Knill,
Bridge over mill leat to south not included.
(Gribble JP: Memorials of Barnstaple: 1830-: 567-8, 618;
Gardiner WF: Barnstaple, 1837-1897: 1897-: 229; Chanter JR &
Wainwright T: Barnstaple Records: 1900-: 248).
Listing NGR: SS5574633736
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