New Bridge

Bridge Name: New Bridge
No.: 13
Location: Allerford SS 8999 4665
Build Date: Medieval (called New bridge since early 17th Century)

A medieval stone bridge, with a central pointed arch, and a half-arch each side. It was reported to be in poor condition in 1628 and repaired in 1630. It also bears a datestone of 1866.2

The ‘New Bridge between Selworthy and Luckombe’ was built before 1628, at which date it was reported to be in great decay. £60 was spent on repairs in 1630, but an inquiry was ordered to be made into it in 1647. It has been rebuilt and bears the daMedieval stone bridge of one main pointed arch with an 18 foot span. At each side of this is a half arch. There are cutwaters between the north upstream and downstream , pointed except for the east one on the south upstream side which has been remade square. The half arches are flood arches, their floors being approximately 5 feet above the water line. The bridge was widened on the north side (downstream) approximately 0.2 metres, and a stone in the north parapet reads LP\SP 1866 and may refer to this widening. Forms part of the A39 road. The downstream piers are reinforced stones held in metalmesh. [6]te 1866. [4]



1.Civil Engineering Heritage by R.A.Otter
2.Exmoor National Park HER MSO8006

<3> Jargonise, E., 1930, The Ancient Bridges of the South of England, 113 (Monograph). SMO5764.

<4> Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission, Field Monument Warden Report (Report). SSO1247.

West Luccombe Bridge

Bridge Name: West Luccombe Bridge
No.: 11

Build Date: 1854 – 56

“Horner Bridge, West Luccombe. Situated between West Luccombe and Porlock, this bridge carries an unclassified road across Horner Water. The date cut in the key-stone of the arch indicates it was built in 1854- 56. The bridge consists of a simple 18 ft. span and has a total length of 52 ft. The carriageway is 14 ft. wide and there is no footway. The bridge is built of masonary in local stone. The Somerset County Council are responsible for its maintenance.”1


1. British Bridges. Public Works, Roads and Transport Congress. 1933

West Luccombe Packhorse Bridge

Bridge Name: West Luccombe Packhorse Bridge
No.: 10
Location: SS 8987 4609
Build Date: late medieval

West Luccombe packhorse bridge is of late medieval date, with one pointed segmental arch. Scheduled monument; listed grade II.1
Packhorse bridge of one pointed arch with a roadway width of 3ft. Well preserved. Crossing the Horner Water. A single arch bridge supported on rock face on N side and on stone built pier on the S. Pathway 1m wide and 7m length. The cobbled surface of large stones is not complete. A C19 bridge carries the roadway across the stream nearby.2

1.Exmoor National Park HERn – MSO7319
2.Exmoor National Park HER – MSO11993

Hacketty Way Bridge

Bridge Name: Hacketty Way Bridge
No.: 8
Location: SS 8971 4555
Build Date: Late medieval

A well-preserved packhorse bridge of late medieval date, with one segmental arch. Scheduled monument; listed grade II
Horner Bridge over the Horner Water, a packhorse bridge of one segmental arch and a roadway width of 4 ft. This bridge is very well preserved. Late medieval. Coursed red sandstone rubble. Single span segmental headed arch with voussoirs, saddleback coping, plinth around east abutment forming footpath, narrow cobbled pathway, parapets swept back at approaches. Also known as Hacketty Way Bridge. Scheduled Ancient Monument (Somerset County No 30).1


Exmoor National Park HER – MSO7320