Clapper Bridge, Postbridge


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English Heritage

County Council

Devon County Council

District Council

West Devon Borough Council


Dartmoor Forest

Parliamentary Constituency

Torridge and West Devon

Grid Reference

SN648648 (264829, 78901)

WGS84 Coordinates

50.5936, -3.90996

Nearest Postcode

PL20 6TH

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Postbridge Clapper Bridge was first mentioned in 1380, but thought to have been built as early as the 13th century. It is a 3-span bridge of granite on the Medieval route between Exeter and Tavistock. The drystone piers are approximately 3.6 metres wide, rising 2 metres and are spanned by single slabs of granite at and average of 4.5 metres wide. Clapper bridges were probably constructed near to fords, and it is thought that the current road bridge built in the late 18th century next to the clapper bridge is at the site of the ford. The bridge is quite large and may have been able to cope with small carts.

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