Clapper Bridge, Postbridge
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Devon County Council
West Devon Borough Council
Torridge and West Devon
SN648648 (264829, 78901)
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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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