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Description: Devils Backbone Bridge
Devils Backbone Bridge or Old Bridge
Date Listed: 11 November 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 101386
OS Grid Reference: SX7127958435
OS Grid Coordinates: 271279, 58435
Latitude/Longitude: 50.4116, -3.8130
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4/475 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 lm 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.
Reference: C Henderson and E Jervoise, Old Devon Bridges, para 26, plate 7.
Listing NGR: SX7127958435
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Source: English Heritage
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